sanguineous

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adjective san·guin·e·ous \san-ˈgwi-nē-əs, saŋ-\

Definition of sanguineous

  1. 1 :  bloodred

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or involving bloodshed :  bloodthirsty

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or containing blood

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Examples of sanguineous in a Sentence

  1. in the sanguineous culture of ancient Sparta, military glory was prized above all else

Did You Know?

Sanguineous isn't the only English adjective to come from "sanguis," the Latin word for "blood." "Sanguine," for one, has been with us since the 14th century. Nowadays, it usually means "confident" or "optimistic," but it can also mean "ruddy." (The "optimistic" sense stems from the medieval belief that a healthy red complexion denoted a courageous and hopeful temperament.) "Sanguineous" first appeared in the 16th century as a synonym of the "ruddy" sense of "sanguine," but now it's more often used in medical or scientific references to blood. It shares another sense - "bloodthirsty" or "involving bloodshed" - with "sanguinary," yet another "sanguis" descendant."

Origin and Etymology of sanguineous

Latin sanguineus


First Known Use: circa 1520


Medical Dictionary

sanguineous

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adjective san·guin·eous \saŋ-ˈgwin-ē-əs, san-\

Medical Definition of sanguineous

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or containing blood

  2. 2:  sanguine 2 a sanguineous temperament



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