One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he felt that his manliness was threatened’
virility, masculinity, vigour, strength, muscularity, ruggedness, toughness, robustness, powerfulness, brawniness, hardihood
2‘they were expected always to exhibit the qualities of 'manliness' and 'pluck'’
resoluteness, steadfastness, mettle, spirit, dauntlessness, doughtiness, determination, fortitude, stalwartness
bravery, courage, boldness, valour, fearlessness, pluck, machismo, manhood, manfulness, daring, intrepidity, heroism, gallantry, chivalrousness, stout-heartedness
informal guts, grit, spunk
North American informal cojones
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