mettle

Part of speech: noun

The stuff of which a thing is composed; temperament; disposition.

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Usage examples "mettle":

  1. She is a woman of mettle: she is probably expecting to be wooed. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  2. Summers are all right, said Tim, reflectively, nodding away at the distant hills, and falls are all right, but you take it winter and early spring, and it tries the mettle in a man. - "The Flockmaster of Poison Creek", George W. Ogden.
  3. He hated to lose, but he was a lad who could take defeat gracefully if he had to, and this last play only served to put him on his mettle. - "The Boy Scouts of the Geological Survey", Robert Shaler.