sanguine


1san·guine

adjective \ˈsaŋ-gwən\

: confident and hopeful

Full Definition of SANGUINE

1
:  bloodred
2
a :  consisting of or relating to blood
b :  bloodthirsty, sanguinary
c of the complexion :  ruddy
3
:  having blood as the predominating bodily humor; also :  having the bodily conformation and temperament held characteristic of such predominance and marked by sturdiness, high color, and cheerfulness
4
san·guine·ly adverb
san·guine·ness \-gwən-nəs\ noun
san·guin·i·ty \saŋ-ˈgwi-nə-tē, san-\ noun

Examples of SANGUINE

  1. She has a sanguine disposition.
  2. He is sanguine about the company's future.
  3. He has been strangely sanguine about this, blandly ignoring the mounting evidence that dissident elements in the police are stirring trouble … —Allister Sparks, Washington Post, 9–15 Mar. 1992

Origin of SANGUINE

Middle English sanguin, from Anglo-French, from Latin sanguineus, from sanguin-, sanguis (see sanguinary))
First Known Use: 14th century

2san·guine

noun \ˈsaŋ-gwən\

Definition of SANGUINE

:  a moderate to strong red

Origin of SANGUINE

(see 1sanguine)
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

san·guine

adjective \ˈsaŋ-gwən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SANGUINE

1
a : consisting of or relating to blood b of the complexion : ruddy
2
: having blood as the predominating bodily humor; also : having the bodily conformation and temperament held characteristic of such predominance and marked by sturdiness, high color, and cheerfulness

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