stalwart

To be stalwart is to be loyal, no matter what, like your friend who remains a devoted fan of an actor she's admired since childhood, even if that was the last time the guy made a decent movie.

Stalwart can describe someone who's able to keep on going even when things get hard, like a marathon runner who doesn't slow down, even after spraining an ankle, or a supporter of a political cause that everyone else has long declared over. In U.S. history, the word stalwart was used in 1877 to describe Republicans who remained unwilling to trust the South, even though the Civil War was long over by that time.

Definitions of stalwart
  1. adjective
    having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
    “proud of her tall stalwart son”
    synonyms: hardy, stout, sturdy
    robust
    sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
  2. adjective
    possessing or displaying courage
    “a stalwart knight”
    synonyms: stouthearted
    brave, courageous
    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
  3. adjective
    dependable
    “the stalwart citizens at Lexington”
    “a stalwart supporter of the UN”
    synonyms: stout
    resolute
    firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
  4. noun
    a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
    synonyms: loyalist
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    type of:
    admirer, booster, champion, friend, protagonist, supporter
    a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
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