steadfast

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj steadfast firm and dependable especially in loyalty "a steadfast ally","a staunch defender of free speech","unswerving devotion","unswerving allegiance"
    • adj steadfast marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable "firm convictions","a firm mouth","steadfast resolve","a man of unbendable perseverence","unwavering loyalty"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Steadfast Firmly fixed or established; fast fixed; firm. "This steadfast globe of earth."
    • Steadfast Not fickle or wavering; constant; firm; resolute; unswerving; steady. "Steadfast eye.""Abide steadfast unto him [thy neighbor] in the time of his trouble.""Whom resist steadfast in the faith."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • steadfast Firm; firmly fixed or established in place or position.
    • steadfast Firm; unyielding; unwavering; constant; resolute.
    • steadfast Steady; unwavering; concentered.
    • steadfast Synonyms Stanch, stable, unflinching.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Steadfast sted′fast firmly fixed or established: firm: constant: resolute: steady
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Quotations

  • George Marshall
    George Marshall
    “Morale is a state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope.”
  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.”
  • J. Swartz
    J. Swartz
    “Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility it becomes rashness or obstinacy.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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    “Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.”
  • John Milton
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    “Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Stead, + fast, that is, fast in place
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stedefæst, stede, a place, fæst, firm, fast.

Usage

In literature:

They found themselves on board the "Steadfast" at last.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
But we have gone on, nevertheless, steadfastly, patiently.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 4, October, 1864" by Various
He knew that Mr. Van Ostend was aware of this steadfast pursuit of a purpose.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
A good man I shall not live to see; enough could I find a steadfast one!
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
This great collision of nations in arms had been kept steadfastly in view.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
Constancy and steadfastness are the first impulses of their lives; neither Bill nor his mother had been able to forget or to forgive.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
She found Felix Poluski's gray eyes looking at her steadfastly.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
Ferocity to Irishmen was accounted policy and steadfastness.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Steadfast in purpose, he was never overwhelmed by misfortune and never yielded to factious opposition.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
The people of Cordova knew the valiant and steadfast spirit of Pelistes, and rallied round him as a last hope.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, June 1844" by Various
He gazed at it steadfastly.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
Vainamoinen, old and steadfast, Then began to weep full sorely.
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
In the short silence that followed on the Canon's remark, he seemed to be thinking steadfastly.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
This he steadfastly refused to do.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Paul glanced steadfastly into his face.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
But the calm steadfast look in those sweet eyes revealed a mind free of all doubt; a heart, completely at rest.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
Faith is the secret of both peace and steadfastness, amid all tendencies to discouragement and discontinuance in well-doing.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
And when the sun arose she looked into her husband's gravely steadfast eyes, and knew that she must tell the truth.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
Aunt Patricia steadfastly refused.
"The Campfire Girls on the Field of Honor" by Margaret Vandercook
In the days that came it pleased Heaven to put a last test upon the faith and steadfastness of the army.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis
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In poetry:

Visions haunt us from our childhood
Of a love so pure, so true,
Time and tears, and care and anguish,
Leave it steadfast, fair and new;--
"Mona Lisa" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Friends may be gone in the morning fair,
But the cliffs by the ocean are always there;
Lovers may leave when the wind is chill,
But the cliffs by the ocean are steadfast still.
"The Cliffs" by Henry Lawson
Fair sisters, you have lured him far-
But at the last, Death shared the prize!
From guiding light and steadfast star your singing
turned his eager eyes.
Now wake him with your witcheries!
"In Neptune's City" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Yes! happier who from earthly woe
Turns his fix'd vision to the skies,
And knows and feels that Jesus rose,
And is assured that he shall rise;
With faith as steadfast and sublime
As ever vanquish'd doubt or time.
"Winter: Friday Evening" by John Bowring
O Mighty Voice, whose words shall stand—
When all our songs have ceased to be—
Steadfast, the watchwords of our land,
The guide and torch of Liberty!
The Master-Poet called afar,
And thou at last hast found thy star!
"Brunton Stephens" by George Essex Evans
And, keeping steadfast in his view,
That bright, sublime, and awful goal,
Moves all life's course serenely through,
With humble heart and grateful soul;
And gathers from vicissitude
Virtue and strength, and joy and good.
"The Grave no Terror to the Virtuous" by John Bowring

In news:

Kristin Diable steadfastly follows her own voice.
Deeply involved and steadfastly dedicated to Marietta schools.
Almost one year since creating the worst oil spill in US history, BP is holding steadfastly to its response strategy: Duck and hope for the best.
It can never be said that the Kansas City Royals refuse to be steadfast in their support of mediocre pitching.
IRVING — Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has a steadfast 24-hour rule that he and his players follow.
Complicating matters further for Israel, Hamas has a steadfast ally in Egypt's new Muslim Brotherhood-led government.
Stay steadfast in what they believe to be true.
Iran, largely isolated from the West and a steadfast ally of Syria's President Assad, has a lot to lose if the regime in Damascus falls.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine President Cristina Fernandez faced a nationwide strike on Tuesday, led by the union bosses who used to be her most steadfast supporters.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez faced a nationwide strike on Tuesday, led by the union bosses who used to be her most steadfast supporters.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is facing a nationwide strike, led by union bosses who once were her most steadfast supporters.
A rgentine President Cristina Fernandez faced a nationwide strike on Tuesday, led by the union bosses who used to be her most steadfast supporters.
My love for Sarah Michelle Gellar is very steadfast.
Colonial Williamsburg celebrates female empowerment and African American culture March 8-10 during "Steadfast Spirits," a weekend of programming dedicated to women's history and the arts.
"We remain steadfast" in delivering conversion therapy, counselor says.
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In science:

EGO is not yet on the drawing boards; rather, its strain sensitivity as plotted in Fig. 1 should be viewed as a summary of what is believed to be possible with steadfast advances in interferometer technology over the next decade or so.
Compact binary inspiral and the science potential of third-generation ground-based gravitational wave detectors
But I wager that most of us will be surprised to learn, as I have through reading these volumes, how steadfast was Einstein in applying the principles and methods that lay at the standard core of early twentieth century theoretical physics.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
These field equations were also rejected, but in a series of steps analyzed by Janssen and Renn, Einstein slowly and steadfastly worked his way back to them and published them in the tumultuous month of November, 1915.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
Dicke (1964), for example, maintained steadfastly that the difference is substantial, justifying his position with his surface oblateness measurements with Goldenberg (see Dicke & Goldenberg 1967, 1974), and arguing that viscous stresses in the radiative interior were insufficient to tie the core to the surface.
Heliophysics gleaned from seismology
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