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steel

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of steel

  1. a hand weapon with a length of metal sharpened on one or both sides and usually tapered to a sharp point <drew steel on the bandits, who immediately fled for their lives> Synonyms blade, brand, swordRelated Words broadsword, cutlass, rapier, saber (or sabre), scimitar, smallsword




steel

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of steel

  1. 1 to fill with courage or strength of purpose <hoped that his inspirational talk would steel the youths in the pursuit of their dreams> Synonyms bear up, buck up, buoy (up), cheer (up), chirk (up), embolden, hearten, inspire, inspirit, encourageRelated Words animate, enliven, invigorate; enforce, fortify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; assure, reassure; boost, energize, excite, galvanize, provoke, quicken, rally, stimulate, stirNear Antonyms demoralize, depress, sadden; debilitate, enfeeble, hamstring, undermine, weaken; intimidate, psych (out)Antonyms daunt, discourage, dishearten, dispirit

  2. 2 to make able to withstand physical hardship, strain, or exposure <years of running a farm had steeled the hard-bitten woman> Synonyms fortify, indurate, inure, season, harden, strengthen, toughenRelated Words acclimate, acclimatize, adapt, adjust; anneal, temper; invigorate, vitalize; immunize; bolster, boost, brace, buttress, enforce, forearm, prop (up), reinforce (also reenforce), support; break in, limber (up), train; accustom, condition, habituate, naturalizeNear Antonyms emasculate, enervate, enfeeble, exhaust, sap, weaken; cripple, debilitate, hamstring, incapacitate; sensitizeAntonyms soften

  3. 3 to prepare (oneself) mentally or emotionally <he had spent the previous night steeling himself for the moment when he would demand a raise> Synonyms brace, forearm, nerve, poise, psych (up), ready, fortify, strengthenRelated Words arm; harden, inure, season, toughen; bolster, boost, buoy (up), buttress, enforce, prop (up), reinforce (also reenforce), support, sustain; cheer (up), comfort, embolden, encourage, hearten, inspire; rally, rouse, stirNear Antonyms daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, psych (out), shake, unnerve; debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, prostrate, sap, soften, tire, undercut, undermine, weaken





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