June 02, 2016
- steadfast (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : firmly fixed in place b : not subject to change2 : firm in belief, determination, or allegiance
- How do you use it?
- "See how steadfast in beauty [the mountains] all are in their going. Look again and again how the rough, dusty boulders and sand of disintegration from the upper ledges wreathe in beauty . . ." (John Muir, _Steep Trails_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Naturalist John Muir used "steadfast" to describe the unchanging beauty of mountains, even as the mountains themselves change. Which of the following sentences do you think shows another correct use of "steadfast"?Because of our steadfast belief in the value of good grammar, we'll tell you that C is the correct answer. "Steadfast" is an adjective, which means that it describes a noun or pronoun; in C "steadfast" describes the noun "members." In A, "steadfast" describes the verb "supported," so it's functioning incorrectly as an adverb. In B, "steadfast" expresses action, which means it's completely out of line acting as a verb. Sentence D has "steadfast" acting as the object of the verb "had," which means it's a noun—a function that "steadfast" does not have.