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Definition of mettle:

  1. Substance or quality of temperament; spirit, esp. as regards honor, courage, fortitude, ardor, etc.; disposition; - usually in a good sense.


nervus, marrow, gut, heart, essence, meat, warmheartedness, nub, kernel, middle, bosom, gameness, pump, energy, stoutheartedness, spunkiness, doughtiness, touchwood, punk, affection, stamina, inwardness, pluckiness, valiantness, brass, nerve, center, substance, animation, gallantry, heart and soul, dauntlessness, spunk, kindling, philia, undauntedness, fondness, tinder, sum, valiancy, force, affectionateness, centre, gutsiness, pith, face, life, ticker, tenderness, eye, gist, fear, strength, core, warmness, vitality, spirit, nitty-gritty, cheek.

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