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steely

[stee-lee] /ˈsti li/
adjective, steelier, steeliest.
1.
consisting or made of steel.
2.
resembling or suggesting steel, as in color, strength, or hardness.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; steel + -y1
Related forms
steeliness, noun
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  • It added an edginess, a steely tension to the entire presentation.
  • He himself radiates the steely charm that seems to open the way to the top.
  • However, my steely resolve did not extend to tapping our emergency fund, or borrowing money.
  • They glint with a steely resolve when he thinks of a way to prolong the lives of his ailing kids.
  • The look serves her well, sweetly cloaking steely determination.
  • Curiously, where his first performance had been steely and bright, the repeat had a softer edge and a warmer tone.
  • Each one inherited the same steely notion of service.
  • The characters are not cuddly or cute, but steely, strapping and genderless.
  • But mostly she sang with gleaming, if sometimes steely, power and with visceral intensity.
  • There is soon no question about who has the steely will in this marriage.
Word Origin and History for steely
adj.

1580s, from steel (n.) + -y (2). Figurative meaning "hard and cold as steel" is from c.1500. Related: Steeliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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