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mettle - vocabulary

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noun

Courage or fortitude; also temperament or disposition, as in a woman of fine mettle.

In truth, the Geats’ prince gladly trusted his mettle, his might, the mercy of God! Cast off then his corselet of iron, helmet from head; to his henchman gave,— choicest of weapons,—the well-chased sword, bidding him guard the gear of battle.

Beowulf Translated by Francis B. Gummere (1910)

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