Mettle

Definition of Mettle

Met´tle
n.1.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.
- Pope.
To put one one's mettle
to cause or incite one to use one's best efforts.

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