from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of steel.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • It required some resolution and a "steeled" mind for Father Damien to give himself in early manhood to the service of a leper-struck island, living amid, and dying of, the foul disease which he set out to tend.

    Prime Ministers and Some Others A Book of Reminiscences

  • If ever I knew a man whose resolution was "steeled," it was this honoured friend of my early manhood, and the steeling power was simply love.

    Prime Ministers and Some Others A Book of Reminiscences

  • I am only too painfully aware that we live just now in conditions in which love must take the aspect of severity; in which the mind must be "steeled" and the resolution "set" for a solemn work of international justice.

    Prime Ministers and Some Others A Book of Reminiscences

  • A determined expression steeled Cenarius’s bearded countenance.


  • "steeled" into hardness by the deep, though perhaps unuttered, desire to repay an insult or avenge an injury.

    Prime Ministers and Some Others A Book of Reminiscences

  • Rabbi Max Heller, a leader of American Reform Judaism, wrote in 1911 that Jews, as “men who have been steeled in the furnace of persecution . . . ought to lend an uplifting hand to the weak fellow-man.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Dave Simms also opts out of full-body screening and recently steeled himself for the aggressive pat-down at a Boston checkpoint by spreading his legs and raising his arms.

    Aiming to Balance Security and Convenience

  • For all the curiosity she could not help but feel, she steeled herself in the pride of those who are without pride, and trembled in the inner room like a maid on the first caress of a lover.


  • I had steeled myself to brazen it out, though I was trembling inwardly; but the enormous strength of the man was too much for my fortitude.

    Chapter 9

  • I steeled myself to the fact that I must discuss my privation with my employer, and did so one evening after work.

    How I Made My Fortune


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.