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steadfast

or stedfast

[sted-fast, -fahst, -fuh st] /ˈstɛdˌfæst, -ˌfɑst, -fəst/
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.
Origin of steadfast
1000
before 1000; Middle English stedefast, Old English stedefæst. See stead, fast1
Related forms
steadfastly, adverb
steadfastness, noun
oversteadfast, adjective
oversteadfastly, adverb
oversteadfastness, noun
unsteadfast, adjective
unsteadfastly, adverb
unsteadfastness, noun
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
2. capricious, variable.
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  • The heartiest praise is due to large numbers of the natives of the islands for their steadfast loyalty.

  • "No surrender" was the steadfast motto of Bismarck and his royal master.

  • She knew Ivory for her true mate, and if the way to him took her through dark places it was lighted by a steadfast beacon of love.

    The Story Of Waitstill Baxter By Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Had he not looked in time, and with clear, steadfast eyes, might he not have fallen?

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • But she was most decidedly afraid of the far-reaching consequences which might be wrought by her failure to hold him steadfast.

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
British Dictionary definitions for steadfast

steadfast

/ˈstɛdfəst; -ˌfɑːst/
adjective
1.
(esp of a person's gaze) fixed in intensity or direction; steady
2.
unwavering or determined in purpose, loyalty, etc: steadfast resolve
Derived Forms
steadfastly, stedfastly, adverb
steadfastness, stedfastness, noun
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Word Origin and History for steadfast
adj.

Old English stedefæst "secure in position," from stede (see stead) + fæst (see fast (adj.)); cf. Middle Low German stedevast, Old Norse staðfastr. Related: Steadfastly, steadfastness.

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