sanguineous was our Word of the Day on 10/28/2007. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of sanguineous in a Sentence
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
First Known Use: circa 1520See Words from the same year
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