Word of the Day – Steadfast

Word of the Day : November 11, 2021


adjective STED-fast

What It Means

Steadfast means “firm in belief, determination, or adherence.”

// The mayor is a steadfast supporter of bringing more businesses into the downtown area.

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“I remain steadfast in my adoration of the glorious season we are now entering. Between crisp mornings and humidity-free afternoons—not to mention kaleidoscope leaves, 20-pound pumpkins, campfire perfume, … and a dozen other joys—the here and now is heaven on Earth.” — Sam Venable, The Knoxville (Tennessee) News-Sentinel, 10 Oct. 2021

Did You Know?

Steadfast has held its ground for many centuries. Its Old English predecessor, stedefæst, combines stede (meaning “place” or “stead“) and fæst (meaning “firmly fixed”). The word was first used in battle contexts to describe warriors who stood their ground, which led to its “immovable” sense. That sense gave way to the word’s use as an adjective implying unswerving faith, loyalty, or devotion.