Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Truthful; honest.
  • adj. Archaic True; real.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. actual
  • adj. real
  • adj. based on the truth, true
  • adj. truthful, faithful; honest, veracious
  • adv. actually; truthfully

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Firmly fixed in, or founded upon, the thruth; true; genuine; real; also, truthful; faithful.
  • adv. Soothly; really; in fact.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Truthful; veracious; honest.
  • True; veritable; worthy of belief.
  • Veritable; certain; real.
  • Faithful; loyal; steadfast.

Etymologies

Middle English sothfast, from Old English sōthfæst : sōth, truth; see sooth + fæst, fixed, fast; see fast1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English sothfast from Old English sōþfæst ("true, trustworthy"), from sōþ ("true, sooth") + -fæst from fæst ("firm, secure, fast"). More at sooth, fast (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Right soothfast is the saw, ‘Penury maketh strangerhood at home and money maketh a home in strangerhood’; and indeed the poet speaks truth when he saith,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • "Ay, because lies have been meat and drink to her, till she cannot speak a soothfast word nor know an honest man when she sees him."

    Unknown to History: a story of the captivity of Mary of Scotland

  • Whenas thou art wroth, curb thy wrath; when thou art afflicted, be patient; when thou speakest be soothfast; when thou promisest, perform; when thou judgest, do justice; when thou hast power, be merciful; deal generously by thy governors and lieutenants, forgive thy foes; be lavish of good offices to thine adversary, and stay thy mischief from him.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • As for the three jewels whereof he told thy father when asking his aid, there was not one soothfast word in that matter, for they were with Sophia, his daughter; and my father took them from her, when he got possession of her and of her maidens, and gave them to me in free gift, and they are now with me.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And Truth is best asylum for the man of soothfast soul:

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Whereupon the Wazir said to him, Know, O my son, that truth hath shown it soothfast and the concealed hath been revealed!

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • If his Faith be soothfast and his Lord Omnipotent, He will assuredly bless each of us with a child male or female, and if the thing thus fall out, we will enter his faith and worship his Lord; else will we take patience and devise us another device.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • But gang thy way, honest Geordie; thou art a good plain man, but nane of the seven sages of Greece; gang thy way, and mind the soothfast word which you spoke, small time syne, that there is one in this land that comes near to Solomon, King of Israel, in all his gifts, except in his love to strange women, forby the daughter of

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  •   Take to thy heart this one, this soothfast word —     Of wantonness impiety is sire;

    The Eumenides

  • Hear then, O my mother, what this abominable one did, and all that I shall tell thee will be soothfast and certain.

    Tehran Winter

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