Part of speech: adjective

Clinging or sticking fast.

Part of speech: noun

One who is attached, as to a cause or leader.

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Usage examples "adherent":

  1. Can you imagine Shakespeare an enthusiast for an 'idea'; a devotee of divine right, or the rights of Parliament, or any particular form of government in Church or State; a Fifth Monarchy man, or a Quaker, or a thick- and- thin adherent of any compact, exclusive, abstract creed, even if it were as rational and noble as Mazzini's? - "Oxford Lectures on Poetry", Andrew Cecil Bradley.
  2. The skin over the gap is often puckered and adherent, and is frequently covered with a growth of coarse hair. - "Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.", Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson.
  3. Monsignor had met him half a dozen times already, and thoroughly liked this fair- haired, clean- shaven young man who was such a devoted adherent of the Catholic cause. - "Dawn of All", Robert Hugh Benson.