Definition of sangfroid
: self-possession or imperturbability especially under strain
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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
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
French sang-froid, literally, cold blood
First Known Use: 1750See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of 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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