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sangfroid

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noun sang·froid \ˈsäⁿ-ˈf(r)wä\

Simple Definition of sangfroid

  • : the ability to stay calm in difficult or dangerous situations

Full Definition of sangfroid

  1. :  self-possession or imperturbability especially under strain

Examples of sangfroid

  1. He displayed remarkable sangfroid when everyone else was panicking during the crisis.

  2. <the professional gambler seemed to take both his wins and his losses with remarkable sangfroid>



Origin of sangfroid

French sang-froid, literally, cold blood


First Known Use: 1750

Synonym Discussion of sangfroid

equanimity, composure, sangfroid mean evenness of mind under stress. equanimity suggests a habit of mind that is only rarely disturbed under great strain <accepted her troubles with equanimity>. composure implies the controlling of emotional or mental agitation by an effort of will or as a matter of habit <maintaining his composure even under hostile questioning>. sangfroid implies great coolness and steadiness under strain <handled the situation with professional sangfroid>.

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