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Examples of sangfroid in a Sentence
He displayed remarkable sangfroid when everyone else was panicking during the crisis.
the professional gambler seemed to take both his wins and his losses with remarkable sangfroid
Recent Examples of sangfroid from the Web
Here, he is shown rising through native intelligence and sangfroid to kingpin status in terrorist organizations like the Kashmiri Harkat-ul-Ansar and al-Qaeda.
To wit, film producer Brian Grazer who who worked closely with Rosenberg on 2002’s 8 Mile at at a time when there seemed endless amounts of hype and controversy swirling about the rap superstar, fondly recalls Rosenberg's sangfroid.
But sangfroid is not yet her trademark in the biggest races.
The most commanding character is Jo’s longtime friend Lisa, a photographer and bar owner who’s accurately described by one admirer as a punk goddess and played with terrific sangfroid by Anna Fitzwater.
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Did You Know?
If you're a lizard, "cold-blooded" means your body temperature is strongly influenced by your environment. If you're an English-speaking human, it means you are callous and unfeeling. If you're a French speaker, it means that you're calm, cool, and collected in stressful situations. By the mid-1700s, English speakers had already been using "cold-blooded" for more than a century, but they must have liked the more positive spin the French put on having "cold blood" because they borrowed the French sang-froid (literally, "cold blood") for someone who is imperturbable under strain. The French term, by the way, developed from the Latin words sanguis ("blood") and "frigidus" ("cold").
Origin and Etymology of sangfroid
First Known Use: 1750See Words from the same year
aplomb, calmness, collectedness, composedness, composure, cool, coolness, countenance, equanimity, equilibrium, imperturbability, placidity, repose, self-possession, serenity, tranquillity (or tranquility), tranquilness;
Synonym Discussion of sangfroid
- accepted her troubles with equanimity
- maintaining his composure even under hostile questioning
- handled the situation with professional sangfroid
SANGFROID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sangfroid for English Language Learners
: the ability to stay calm in difficult or dangerous situations
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