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1. Loyal and resolute: a stalwart ally; stalwart support.
2. Strong and imposing: a stalwart oak tree.
One who steadfastly supports an organization or cause: party stalwarts.

[Middle English, alteration of stalworth, from Old English stǣlwierthe, serviceable, probably alteration of *statholwierthe, steadfast : stathol, foundation; see staddle + weorth, valuable; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

stal′wart·ly adv.
stal′wart·ness n.
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adv fight, opposetapfer, unentwegt; supporttreu; believeunerschütterlich; builtkräftig
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