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1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
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
Dictionary Results for mettle:
1. WordNet® 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]

2. 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.
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         A certain critical hour which shall . . . try what
         mettle his heart is made of.             --South.
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         Gentlemen of brave mettle.               --Shak.
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         The winged courser, like a generous horse,
         Shows most true mettle when you check his course.
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   To put one one's mettle, to cause or incite one to use
      one's best efforts.
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