February 26, 2013
staunch (adjective)
\STAWNCH\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : watertight, sound b : strongly built : substantial2 : steadfast in loyalty or principle
How do you use it?
Jared knew he was lucky to have a staunch friend like Paul, who always stood up to the school bully for anyone.
Are you a word wiz?

As staunch supporters of improving vocabulary skills, we'd like to challenge you with the following: which of the words below do you think is a synonym of "staunch"?

Like "staunch" and a few other words, "steadfast" means firm in allegiance to someone or something. While "staunch" suggests courage and determination in allegiance, "steadfast" suggests a steady or unfailing course in love, allegiance, or deeply held belief. "Faithful" is another synonym of "staunch." It suggests a firm and constant allegiance that is based on or as if on a pledge. Another synonym, "loyal," suggests that a person firmly refuses to desert or betray.
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