sang·​froid | \ ˌsäŋ-ˈf(r)wä How to pronounce sangfroid (audio) , ˈsäⁿ-ˈf(r)wä How to pronounce sangfroid (audio) \

Definition of sangfroid

: self-possession or imperturbability especially under strain

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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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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").

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 on the Web Born in Philadelphia and educated at Bennington College, Taylor has excelled at playing characters with a certain sandpapery sangfroid. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 For those of us who have been following United States v. Ghislaine Maxwell, the defendant’s sangfroid didn’t come as much of a surprise. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 30 Dec. 2021 Swayman may do so eventually, but so far, he’s been all sangfroid., 16 Oct. 2021 Who has the sangfroid to perfectly frame an assault on armed enemies who are near enough to throw things at? Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 The sangfroid that served him then also amassed him hundreds of thousands of subscribers, millions of views, and enough money to quit his police job. Stephen Kearse, The Atlantic, 31 Oct. 2020 But the traders’ sangfroid may quickly disappear if oil prices rise significantly. Jack Farchy,, 22 Aug. 2020 Tasked with introducing this franchise's modish, candy-colored universe on screen as well as behind the camera, Banks tackles both roles with remarkable sangfroid. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2019 None of this seemed to bother Trump, who continued to smile and wave with his inimitable sangfroid. Emma Specter, Vogue, 28 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sangfroid

1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sangfroid

French sang-froid, literally, cold blood

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6 Apr 2022

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“Sangfroid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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