Steadfast vs Staunch - What's the difference?

steadfast | staunch |

As adjectives the difference between steadfast and staunch

is that steadfast is fixed or unchanging; steady while staunch is loyal, trustworthy, reliable, outstanding.

As a verb staunch is

to stop the flow of (blood).

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Alternative forms

* stedfast (obsolete)


  • Fixed or unchanging; steady.
  • Firmly loyal or constant; unswerving.
  • Derived terms

    * steadfastly * steadfastness



    Alternative forms

    * stanch


  • loyal, trustworthy, reliable, outstanding
  • He's been a staunch supporter of mine through every election.
  • * , Episode 16
  • he relished a glass of choice old wine in season as both nourishing and bloodmaking and possessing aperient virtues (notably a good burgundy which he was a staunch believer in)
  • dependable, persistent
  • * Without our staunch front line the enemy would have split the regiment.
  • Verb

  • To stop the flow of (blood).
  • To stop, check, or deter an action.
  • * Somebody's got to staunch those press leaks!
  • Usage notes

    The spelling staunch'' is more commonly used for the adjective. In contrast, ''stanch is more commonly used as the spelling of the verb.


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