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What's another word or phrase for "true to himself"?

He remains true to himself even when his friend is murdered.

In this case, let's say 'He' is some sort of activist whose friend is murdered by a gang wanting 'He' to shut up. However, 'He' does not shut up and continues to raise awareness for whatever it is the gang members do not want to draw attention to.

Basically, 'He' keeps doing what he knows is morally correct, despite something bad happening to him as a consequence.

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Please add some context; also explain the meaning of the example sentence (i.e. of true to himself and targeted); and add an independent example. – jwpat7 Nov 24 '11 at 8:10
Yes, now it's answerable – jwpat7 Nov 24 '11 at 16:33
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You might say the individual didn't compromise his principles or didn't give in to pressure.

Alternatively, you could say he persisted or persevered (in his beliefs).

Potential adjectives for such a person are incorruptible, upright and steadfast. (Obviously, there are many others).

A casual phrase that expresses this idea is to stick to one's guns.

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Someone of good moral character might be said to possess integrity, but I know of no related adjective that is in current use.

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  • principled
  • undeterred
  • indomitable
  • resolute
  • staunch
  • true blue
  • Spartan
  • undaunted
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indomitable would be my preference – Kris Nov 24 '11 at 10:11

From Merriam Webster Online:


(noun) \in-ˈte-grə-tē\

firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility

So, "He has integrity." is a good way of saying ""He is true to himself". But in your context, "being true to himself" means he is fearless or he is not intimidated.

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