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[sted-fast, -fahst, -fuh st] /ˈstɛdˌfæst, -ˌfɑst, -fəst/
fixed in direction; steadily directed:
a steadfast gaze.
firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc., as a person:
a steadfast friend.
unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc.
firmly established, as an institution or a state of affairs.
firmly fixed in place or position.
Origin of steadfast
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
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Many would fix upon some nation, France or England, and steadfastly regard it as the arriving sovereign of Syria.

    Eothen A. W. Kinglake
  • So he sat, with a steadfastly vacant gaze, pausing in his work.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • He smiled, looked me steadfastly in the face for a moment, and then bowed me out.

    The Woman in the Alcove Anna Katharine Green
  • He was a true Hudson's Bay man, steadfastly loyal to the Company.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • steadfastly he did this through the summer and winter of 1779, which proved one of the worst that he had yet endured.

    George Washington, Vol. I Henry Cabot Lodge
British Dictionary definitions for steadfastly


/ˈstɛdfəst; -ˌfɑːst/
(esp of a person's gaze) fixed in intensity or direction; steady
unwavering or determined in purpose, loyalty, etc: steadfast resolve
Derived Forms
steadfastly, stedfastly, adverb
steadfastness, stedfastness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for steadfastly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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