What does steadfast mean?

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ˈstɛdˌfæst, -ˌfɑst, -fəststead·fast

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. firm, steadfast, steady, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwaveringadjective

    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

    "firm convictions"; "a firm mouth"; "steadfast resolve"; "a man of unbendable perseverence"; "unwavering loyalty"

  2. steadfast, staunch, unswervingadjective

    firm and dependable especially in loyalty

    "a steadfast ally"; "a staunch defender of free speech"; "unswerving devotion"; "unswerving allegiance"


  1. steadfastadjective

    Fixed or unchanging; steady.

  2. steadfastadjective

    Firmly loyal or constant; unswerving.

  3. Etymology: From stedefast which in turn comes from stedefæst. It is comprised of two parts: stede (“stead, place”) + -fæst (“fixed”).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Steadfastadjective

    Etymology: stead and fast.

    Such was this giant’s fall, that seem’d to shake
    This stedfast globe of earth, as it for fear did quake. F. Qu.

    Laws ought to be like stony tables, plain, steadfast, and immoveable. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    I hope her stubborn heart to bend,
    And that it then more stedfast will endure. Edmund Spenser.

    A generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. Psal. lxxviii. 8.

    Be faithful to thy neighbour in his poverty; abide stedfast unto him in the time of his trouble. Ecclus. xxii. 23.

    Him resist stedfast in the faith. 1 Pet. v. 9.

    What form of death could him affright,
    Who unconcern’d, with stedfast sight
    Cou’d view the surges mounting steep,
    And monsters rolling in the deep? Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steadfastadjective

    firmly fixed or established; fast fixed; firm

  2. Steadfastadjective

    not fickle or wavering; constant; firm; resolute; unswerving; steady

  3. Etymology: [Stead + fast, that is, fast in place.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Steadfast

    sted′fast, adj. firmly fixed or established: firm: constant: resolute: steady.—adv. Stead′fastly.—n. Stead′fastness. [A.S. stedefæst, stede, a place, fæst, firm, fast.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of steadfast in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of steadfast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of steadfast in a Sentence

  1. Hans Kluge:

    Europe is at the epicenter of this pandemic once again, at the risk of sounding alarmist, I must express our very real concern and convey our steadfast commitment to stand beside you and support you as best we can.

  2. State Department spokesman Mark Toner:

    The United States continues to be a steadfast ally, friend, and partner to the ROK, the US-ROK alliance will continue to be a linchpin of regional stability and security, and we will continue to meet all our alliance commitments, especially with respect to defending against the threat from North Korea.

  3. Kara Brooks:

    While disappointed in today's ruling, Governor Pence remains steadfast in Governor Pence support for the unborn, especially those with disabilities, the governor will continue to stand for the sanctity of human life in all stages.

  4. Homer:

    Nothing feebler than a man does the earth raise up, of all the things which breathe and move on the earth, for he believes that he will never suffer evil in the future, as long as the gods give him success and he flourishes in his strength but when the blessed gods bring sorrows too to pass, even these he bears, against his will, with steadfast spirit, for the thoughts of earthly men are like the day which the father of gods and men brings upon them.

  5. David Brock:

    Republicans tend to be more steadfast in their allegiance, and Democrats read one headline in the New York Times and the sky is suddenly falling.

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. usurious
    • B. dicotyledonous
    • C. bibulous
    • D. commensal

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