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Today's Words: Steadfast, Absquatulate, Flabbergast

Steadfast (sted-fast) adjective firm in purpose, resolution, faith, and attachment. More about Steadfast First recorded before 1000. Comes from the Middle English word stedefast, from Old English stedefæst. A combination of stead, “the place of a person,” and fast, “firmly fixed in place.” Examples of Steadfast Despite facing numerous challenges, she remained steadfast in her commitment to finishing the marathon. The community was grateful for the steadfast support of volunteers during the crisis. Absquatulate (ab-skwoch-uh-leyt) verb to flee; abscond   More about Absquatulate First recorded in 1820–30. Formed from ab-, “away from,” and squat, “to sit in a low or crouching position.” A pseudo-Latinism, it parallels Latin-derived words with initial abs– like abscond and abstention and final –tulate, as in congratulate. Examples of Absquatulate The mischievous cat managed to absquatulate every time the door was left open. When they heard the police sirens approaching, the burglars decide