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falter

[fawl-ter] /ˈfɔl tər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way:
Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.
2.
to speak hesitatingly or brokenly.
3.
to move unsteadily; stumble.
verb (used with object)
4.
to utter hesitatingly or brokenly:
to falter an apology.
noun
5.
the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc.
6.
a faltering sound.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English falteren, of obscure origin; perhaps akin to Old Norse faltrast to bother with, be troubled with
Related forms
falterer, noun
falteringly, adverb
nonfaltering, adjective
nonfalteringly, adverb
unfaltering, adjective
unfalteringly, adverb
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Examples for unfaltering
  • At the age of eighty-four, he retains an unfaltering command of rhythm and an uncanny sensitivity to orchestral balances.
  • They follow an unbroken line of good and brave and unfaltering people who have never let this country down.
  • She looks with pride upon your glorious achievements and consecrates to all time your unfaltering heroism.
  • Their unfaltering support for and belief in the series were essential to its successful completion.
  • Grant us faith enough to be unafraid, trust sufficient to be unfaltering.
  • The soldiers bore themselves with the steady, unfaltering tread which becomes a regiment which has won its reputation under fire.
  • His set speeches and impromptu ad dresses alike all breathe the spirit of un selfish and unfaltering devotion to duty.
British Dictionary definitions for unfaltering

falter

/ˈfɔːltə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to be hesitant, weak, or unsure; waver
2.
(intransitive) to move unsteadily or hesitantly; stumble
3.
to utter haltingly or hesitantly; stammer
noun
4.
uncertainty or hesitancy in speech or action
5.
a quavering or irregular sound
Derived Forms
falterer, noun
falteringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic faltrast
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Word Origin and History for unfaltering
adj.

1660s, from un- (1) "not" + present participle of falter. Related: Unfalteringly.

falter

v.

mid-14c., of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse faltrask "be burdened, hesitate, be troubled"), or a frequentative of Middle English falden "to fold," influenced by fault. Related: Faltered; faltering.

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