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  • a staunch defender of free speech
  • This of all things her family understood, and afterward they drew together staunchly around her.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • "But we don’t have a firearm," Dad said again, trying to staunch their worries.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • "Well, your father’s on the board of directors and Henry’s one of the staunchest members."
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • My twin was a staunch believer in the easiest way.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I was pretty staunch in maintaining an "us and them" attitude about the prison staff.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • His brain raced for an explanation, anything to staunch the panic welling up in his chest.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Still, his men held together remarkably staunchly.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • However, his disapproval of violence was based less on ideology than on a perverse delicacy; with all this apparent hand-wringing, he clung staunchly to the obsession that had for so long dominated and suffused his being: he began methodically to philosophize about the necessity of eliminating Jews from all walks of life, commencing with Academe.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I could staunch the bleeding, and allow the man to be transported by litter back to the castle.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • And, in this staunch little portrait, it’s hard not to see the human in the finch.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Not had at all," Meara said staunchly, and dished out oatmeal.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Throughout everything, in fact, Isabelle had been her staunchest defender.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • * Frau Diller—the staunch Aryan corner-shop owner.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Now weaponless as well, the girl just stands there, trying to staunch the flow of blood pouring from her empty eye socket.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • We of Minas Tirith have been staunch through long years of trial.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • He was a staunch conservative who voted twice for George W. Bush and whose faith in God was matched only by his deep distrust of liberals and the news media.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Rosaura was furious when she saw that Pedro and Tita were staunchly behind Esperanza.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • The staunch old gentleman was still in his trust; had never left it.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I pull off Rue’s socks that I’ve been using for gloves and press them into my forehead, trying to staunch the flow of blood, but they’re soaked in minutes.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Impossible! I tried to staunch the flood of fear.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Like most mothers, she wielded tremendous power and my staunch resolve would crumble like a sandcastle before her frontal assaults, which were like tidal waves.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Old Juno, staunch to the last, was foremost in the fray.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • I know when a game’s up, I do; and I know a lad that’s staunch.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • "We ARE rich," said Anne staunchly.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • I’d rather sit with Hindley, and hear his awful talk, than with "t’ little maister" and his staunch supporter, that odious old man!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The Millinery had always been a staunch supporter of White Imagination and it had been too much of a risk for Redd to leave it functioning.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Our provisions held out well, our ship was staunch, and our crew all in good health; but we lay in the utmost distress for water.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • What is more exhilarating than to make your staunch little boat, obedient to your will and muscle, go skimming lightly over glistening, tilting waves, and to feel the steady, imperious surge of the water!
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • But then, a divorce was unthinkable; and Ellen and Gerald, staunch Catholics that they were, would never permit her to marry a divorced man.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Fences and walls and sheds stood staunchly out in the yellow afternoon, and they were related too.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Next the Epeian leaders, Meges, son of Phyleus, Amphion and Draldos; of Phthia then, Medon and staunch Podarkes.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He did not know why he was doing it, why he was approaching the dying man: he did not know what he felt as he saw Snape’s white face, and the fingers trying to staunch the bloody wound at his neck.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Thank you, thank you, my dear staunch friends.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • To all this the barber gave his assent, and looked upon it as right and proper, being persuaded that the curate was so staunch to the Faith and loyal to the Truth that he would not for the world say anything opposed to them.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • While I advanced in friendship and intimacy with Mr. Dick, I did not go backward in the favour of his staunch friend, my aunt.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • His attempt to blame the Communists for the murder and kidnap note and his staunch denial of having raped the white girl indicate that he may be hiding many other crimes.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • He is a man of staunch will, for already he had come close under the Shadow before ever he rode to battle on the out-walls.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • You know I have been always a staunch friend to you.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The hard-headed Dundee owner was a staunch admirer of Thomas Paine whose book in rejoinder to Burke’s arraignment of the French Revolution had then been published for some time and had gone everywhere.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • ’Nay, ma’am,’ said Stephen Blackpool, staunchly protesting against the words that had been used, and instinctively addressing himself to Louisa, after glancing at her face.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He was a straightforward enemy and a staunch friend, and his hospitality was proverbial.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • When I am a wife, I mean to be just as staunch myself; and I wish my friends in general would be so too.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Then came the damosel Savage that was the Lady Linet, that rode with Sir Gareth so long, and there she did staunch Sir Gareth’s wounds and Sir Gawaine’s.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • "For my part," said Coggan, "I’m staunch Church of England."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • But the Wildfire team staunchly ignored both the evidence of their own experience—that bacteria mutate rapidly and radically—and the evidence of the Biosatellite tests, in which a series of earth forms were sent into space and later recovered.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Everyone who knew anything about politics — and Jean was nothing if not worldly — knew that France was the staunch ally of the Hutu regime in Rwanda.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Never to allow Western influences to penetrate our staunch communist values.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • She had much questioned if they would appear at the parting moment; but there they were, stoical and staunch to the last.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Perhaps with any other man I might be a little anxious; but among the very few virtues possessed by your family and mine, dear, I think I may set staunchness.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
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