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staunch2

staunch [or] stanch2

 
pronunciation:
stawnch
part of speech: adjective
inflections: stauncher, staunchest
definition 1: unwaveringly firm or loyal.
He is not religious at all, but his parents are staunch believers.The candidate has many staunch supporters.He was a staunch friend to her throughout her illness.
synonyms:
stalwart, steadfast
antonyms:
disloyal, unfaithful, unreliable
similar words:
constant, dependable, devoted, faithful, fast, firm, good, loyal, resolute, solid, steady, stout, strong, true, unwavering
definition 2: strong, sturdy, and tight in construction, as a ship or building.
a staunch vessel
synonyms:
solid, sturdy
similar words:
durable, firm, impermeable, robust, rugged, sound, stable, strong, substantial, tight, tough, watertight
derivations: staunchly (adv.), staunchness (n.)