Definition of sanguine
1 : bloodred
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
sanguinenessplay \-gwən-nəs\ noun
sanguinityplay \saŋ-ˈgwi-nə-tē, san-\ noun
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Examples of sanguine in a Sentence
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
How could a man of his caliber be this sanguine about a war we had barely begun to fight? He gave me the McNamara look, eyes focusing boldly through rimless glasses. “Every quantitative measurement we have shows that we're winning this war,” he said. —Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie, 1988
Yet if there were sanguine expectations of war profits and unlimited booty from the Spanish empire, … those hopes were dramatically confounded … —Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches, 1988
He does not pretend to be sanguine about our prospects. History itself, he reminds us, provides few examples of cultures as debilitated as ours which were not destroyed by the very forces they set in motion. —Gertrude Himmelfarb, The New History and the Old, 1987
She has a sanguine disposition.
He is sanguine about the company's future.
Recent Examples of sanguine from the Web
Murtagh accepted the situation, but Ariel’s father wasn’t as sanguine.
If those ratings were compiled the way a student’s grade point average is calculated, the public schools would collectively get a B. When asked to rate the nation’s schools, however, respondents are far less sanguine.
Paula Mints, an industry analyst with SPV Market Research, was less sanguine.
Dion is no merry widow, more the sanguine survivor.
Kovalev, who still works in Russia, was less sanguine.
Grace herself has an entirely sanguine approach to the May-December mercantile arrangement.
His sanguine approach stands in contrast to the anxiety of investors, who've sent Kroger shares down 32% this year on fears that the Amazon-Whole Foods tie-up, as well as a brewing price war between Walmart and others will pinch sales and profit.
Dr. John Pfeifer, vice chairman for clinical affairs in the pathology and immunology department at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, who has studied the problem, is not quite so sanguine.
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Did You Know?
Sanguine has quite a few relatives in English. Sangfroid ("self-possession especially under strain") and sanguineous ("bloodthirsty") are consanguineous with sanguine. (Consanguineous, means "descended from the same ancestor.") The tie that binds these words is sanguis, the Latin word for blood. Exsanguination ("the draining or losing of blood"), sanguinary ("murderous" or "bloody"), and the rare sangsue ("leech") and sanguinolent ("tinged with blood") are also sanguis relatives. That's something you can raise a glass of sangaree or sangria ("a usually iced punch made of red wine, fruit juice, and soda water") to!
Definition of sanguine
: a moderate to strong red
SANGUINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sanguine for English Language Learners
: confident and hopeful
Medical Definition of sanguine
1a: consisting of or relating to bloodbof 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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