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staunch 1

 (stônch, stänch) also stanch (stônch, stänch, stănch)
adj. staunch·er, staunch·est also stanch·er or stanch·est
1. Firm and steadfast; loyal or true. See Synonyms at faithful.
2. Having a strong or substantial construction or constitution: "the staunch turrets of the fortified city walls" (Robert Rosenberg).

[Middle English staunche, from Anglo-Norman estaunche, from estaunchier, to stanch, variant of Old French estanchier; see stanch1.]

staunch′ly adv.
staunch′ness n.
Usage Note: Staunch is more common than stanch as the spelling of the adjective. Stanch is more common than staunch as the spelling of the verb.

staunch 2

 (stônch, stänch)
Variant of stanch1.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.staunchness - loyalty in the face of trouble and difficulty
loyalty, trueness - the quality of being loyal
وَفاء، إخْلاص
hollusta, tryggî


[ˈstɔːntʃnɪs] Nlealtad f, firmeza f


n (of Catholic, loyalist)Überzeugtheit f; (of member, supporter)Treue f; (of support)Unerschütterlichkeit f


(stoːntʃ) adjective
firm, trusty. a staunch friend.
ˈstaunchly adverb
ˈstaunchness noun
References in classic literature ?
It appeared he had "served his time" in the copper-ore trade, the famous copper-ore trade of old days between Swansea and the Chilian coast, coal out and ore in, deep-loaded both ways, as if in wanton defiance of the great Cape Horn seas - a work, this, for staunch ships, and a great school of staunchness for West- Country seamen.
He added that it is not a short span of time wherein a complete new generation has been grown and therefore the staunchness of our relationships have went beyond the limits of the normal state of historic, cultural and geographical relationships.
But that good comes at certain costs, and one of them is the insistence on absolute staunchness at the dog's first whiff of scent.