staunchness

staunch

2 [stawnch, stahnch]
adjective, stauncher, staunchest.
1.
firm or steadfast in principle, adherence, loyalty, etc., as a person: a staunch Republican; a staunch friend.
2.
characterized by firmness, steadfastness, or loyalty: He delivered a staunch defense of the government.
3.
strong; substantial: a staunch little hut in the woods.
4.
impervious to water or other liquids; watertight: a staunch vessel.
Also, stanch.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English sta(u)nch < Middle French estanche (feminine), estanc (masculine), derivative of estancher to stanch1

staunchly, adverb
staunchness, noun


1. constant, true, faithful. See steadfast. 2. resolute. 3. stout, sound.
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staunch1 (stɔːntʃ)
 
adj
1.  loyal, firm, and dependable: a staunch supporter
2.  solid or substantial in construction
3.  rare (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy
 
[C15: (originally: watertight): from Old French estanche, from estanchier to stanch]
 
'staunchly1
 
adv
 
'staunchness1
 
n

staunch2 (stɔːntʃ)
 
vb, —n
a variant spelling of stanch

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staunch
1412, "impervious to water," from O.Fr. estanche "firm, watertight," fem. of estanc "dried, exhausted, wearied, vanquished," from V.L. *stanticare, probably from L. stans (gen. stantis), prp. of stare "to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "strong,
substantial" first recorded 1455; of persons, "standing firm and true to one's principles" from 1623.
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