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  • v. refuse to abandon one's opinion or belief
  • v. stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something


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  • I am told here that the Fulton Co. conference will go for you which with the votes of them from Adams will give you six votes on the first ballot and if those six will stand firm through a few ballots I believe that you will get enough from Bedford or Juniata to nominate you.

    Franklin County: S. L. Russell to Edward McPherson, July 31, 1858

  • With St. Bernard, he was the soul and the light of the General Council of Pisa (1134), and having encouraged Innocent II to stand firm in the midst of persecutions, he predicted the end of the schism, which happened in

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • In the third they were often found wanting. in the fourth they were the leaders of schisms, and heresies, in the Meletian and Donatist troubles and in the long Arian struggle, in which few were found to stand firm against the insidious persecution of Constantius.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • They were hired guns, kept in the dark, never sure whether to stand firm in their orders or risk losing their jobs by mule-headedly ignoring some obvious crisis.

    Deception Point

  • It is the natural recoil from insincerity, vanity and gormandism which, growing glaringly offensive, causes these certain men and women to “come out” and stand firm for plain living and high thinking.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great

  • Benjamin Warfield, a conservative Protestant theologian in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, was well aware of the need for believers to stand firm in the eternal truths of their faith, despite great social and scientific upheavals.

    The Language of God


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