Huntsman is a long shot, and his daughters are steeled for whatever the outcome.
The operation was apparently intended to terrify the residents into leaving voluntarily, but instead it steeled their resolve.
I steeled myself, expecting that she would need comfort and reassurance.
But as this gleam of sunshine comforted her, she steeled herself against its influence and drew herself up bravely.
She steeled herself with that as he bared his head before her.
“There is no such thing as love in real life,” he said, in his steeled voice.
Joe felt a bit shaky, but he steeled himself to hold his nerve.
Yet he steeled himself to bow again, though his eyes flashed.
She met my eye as unflinchingly as if her bosom had been steeled with conscious innocence.
They were the deities of remorse, and she had steeled her soul against the stings of conscience.
Old English style, from West Germanic adjective *stakhlijan "made of steel" (cf. Old Saxon stehli, Old Norse, Middle Low German stal, Danish staal, Swedish stål, Middle Dutch stael, Dutch staal, Old High German stahal, German Stahl), related to *stakhla "standing fast," from PIE *stek-lo-, from root *stak- "to stand, place, be firm" (see stay (n.1)). No corresponding word exists outside Germanic except those likely borrowed from Germanic languages. Steel wool is attested from 1896.
"make hard or strong like steel," 1580s, figurative, from steel (n.). Related: Steeled; steeling.