from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Firmness; strength.
- noun Stability and firmness; fixedness in place or position.
- noun Stability of mind or purpose; resolution; constancy; faithfulness; endurance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The quality or state of being steadfast; firmness; fixedness; constancy.
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Loyaltyin the face of troubleand difficulty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun loyalty in the face of trouble and difficulty
- noun steadfast resolution
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Your steadfastness is commendable but I do think you would be more helpful, in the long run, if you could permit yourself to criticize a bit.
W. deserves credit for a certain steadfastness in the War on Terror, but his administration is suffused with the sort of hubris, sense of entitlement to power, and belief in the ameliorative powers of government action (in both the foreign and domestic realms) that one normally associates with the worst types of statists.
It was, after all, a Southern diarist, the Confederate War Department official R.G.H. Kean, who lamented during that bleak Confederate winter: "I have never actually despaired of the cause .... [but now] steadfastness is yielding to a sense of hopelessness."
A Passive President? 1995
In stability of earth, in steadfastness of rock, I bind to myself to-day God's strength to pilot me;
It translates as "steadfastness" - and is usually understood to mean staying put on your land, living with dignity despite adversity.
Lines 2-8 describe the star's steadfastness, which is, above all, one of solitude as hinted by its hanging in "lone splendour", and the poet calls the Star an "Eremite," or hermit.
Archive 2009-01-01 Rus Bowden 2009
It is described as steadfastness, as being steady.
But this time they were led by one who had been trained in English steadfastness.
To Have and to Hold Mary Johnston 1903
Each one of us needs the quality called steadfastness -- not the obstinacy which denies us the right to judge fairly every condition about us, not the bigotry which prevents us from a charitable consideration of the views of other people -- but the steady adherence to positive Christian principles which keep us constant in our faith and unwavering in our hold on heavenly virtues.
Their steadfastness has been the more remarkable because, by their social position, their learning and their wealth, they might be supposed to be indifferent to the ballot-box, as so many thus situated claim to be.
History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III) Matilda Joslyn Gage 1862