steadfast

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English stedefast, from Old English stedefæst, from Proto-Germanic *stadifastuz, equivalent to stead (place; spot; position) +‎ fast (firm; fixed). Cognate with Middle Dutch stedevast (steadfast), Icelandic staðfastur (steadfast), Danish stedfast (firmly attached, secured), Danish stadfæste (to confirm; ratify), Norwegian Bokmål stadfeste (confirm, ratify; establish), Swedish stadfästa (to confirm; establish).

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AdjectiveEdit

steadfast (comparative steadfaster or more steadfast, superlative steadfastest or most steadfast)

  1. Fixed or unchanging; steady.
  2. Firmly loyal or constant; unswerving.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jespersen, Otto (1909) A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles (Germanischer Elementar- und Handbücher; 9)‎[1], volume I: Sounds and Spellings, London: George Allen & Unwin, published 1961, § 9.212, page 256.