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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Mettle \Met"tle\, n. [E. metal, used in a tropical sense in
allusion to the temper of the metal of a sword blade. See
Substance or quality of temperament; spirit, esp. as regards
honor, courage, fortitude, ardor, etc.; disposition; --
usually in a good sense; as, to test a person's mettle.
A certain critical hour which shall . . . try what
mettle his heart is made of. --South.
Gentlemen of brave mettle. --Shak.
The winged courser, like a generous horse,
Shows most true mettle when you check his course.
To put one one's mettle, to cause or incite one to use
one's best efforts.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the courage to carry on; "he kept fighting on pure spunk";
"you haven't got the heart for baseball" [syn: heart,
mettle, nerve, spunk]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
92 Moby Thesaurus words for "mettle":
activity, animation, animus, aptitude, ardor, backbone, bent, bias,
bottom, brio, briskness, cast, character, chutzpah, constitution,
courage, dauntlessness, diathesis, disposition, eccentricity, elan,
enthusiasm, gameness, glow, grain, grit, gusto, guts, gutsiness,
guttiness, heart, heart of oak, idiosyncrasy, impetuosity, impetus,
inclination, individualism, intestinal fortitude, joie de vivre,
kidney, leaning, life, liveliness, lustiness, make, makeup,
mental set, mettlesomeness, mind, mind-set, mold, moxie, nature,
nerve, perkiness, pertness, pith, pluck, pluckiness, predilection,
predisposition, preference, proclivity, propensity, resolution,
robustness, set, slant, spirit, spiritedness, spunk, spunkiness,
stamina, stamp, stout heart, strain, streak, stripe, temper,
temperament, tendency, toughness, true grit, turn, turn of mind,
twist, type, vivacity, warmth, warp, zest, zestfulness
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