steadfast

[sted-fast, -fahst, -fuhst]
adjective
1.
fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze.
2.
firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc., as a person: a steadfast friend.
3.
unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc.
4.
firmly established, as an institution or a state of affairs.
5.
firmly fixed in place or position.
Also, stedfast.


Origin:
before 1000; Middle English stedefast, Old English stedefæst. See stead, fast1

steadfastly, adverb
steadfastness, noun
oversteadfast, adjective
oversteadfastly, adverb
oversteadfastness, noun
unsteadfast, adjective
unsteadfastly, adverb
unsteadfastness, noun


2. sure, dependable, reliable, constant, unwavering. Steadfast, staunch, steady imply a sureness and continuousness that may be depended upon. Steadfast literally means fixed in place, but is chiefly used figuratively to indicate undeviating constancy or resolution: steadfast in one's faith. Staunch literally means watertight, as of a vessel, and therefore strong and firm; figuratively, it is used of loyal support that will endure strain: a staunch advocate of free trade. Literally, steady is applied to that which is relatively firm in position or continuous in movement or duration: a steady flow; figuratively, it implies sober regularity or persistence: a steady worker. 4, 5. stable.


2. capricious, variable.
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steadfast or stedfast (ˈstɛdfəst, -ˌfɑːst, ˈstɛdfəst, -ˌfɑːst)
 
adj
1.  (esp of a person's gaze) fixed in intensity or direction; steady
2.  unwavering or determined in purpose, loyalty, etc: steadfast resolve
 
stedfast or stedfast
 
adj
 
'steadfastly or stedfast
 
adv
 
'stedfastly or stedfast
 
adv
 
'steadfastness or stedfast
 
n
 
'stedfastness or stedfast
 
n

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steadfast
O.E. stedefæst, from stede (see stead) + fæst (see fast (adj.)); cf. M.L.G. stedevast, O.N. staðfastr. Related: Steadfastly, steadfastness.
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The two superiorities are closely related, and are in steadfast proportion one
  to the other.
From reporting to editing to layout who was steadfast in his belief that
  readers would pay for independent journalism.
But all those steadfast geometric tea sets and tubular steel furnishings drew
  lines in the collective consciousness.
But on civil rights, he remained steadfast till the end of his life.
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