- coolness of mind; calmness; composure: They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid.
Origin of sang-froid
1740–50; < French: literally, cold blood
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self-possession, poise, equanimity, self-control, nerve, courage, steadiness.
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Examples from the Web for sang-froid
Spaniards have always been miscast as hotheads; they are, in fact, the masters of sang-froid.Spain's Win: Cosmic Justice
July 11, 2010
"Nothing at all," he said with the sang-froid of the experienced traveler.Little Miss Grouch
Samuel Hopkins Adams
She had the strength and sang-froid of a woman in the prime of life.
At tea Clara felt the refinement and sang-froid of the household.
My case was desperate and only a miracle of sang-froid could save me.My Friends the Savages
Giovanni Battista Cerruti
But he, M. Lacheneur, had been wise enough to retain his sang-froid.The Honor of the Name
- composure; self-possession; calmness
C18: from French, literally: cold blood
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Word Origin and History for sang-froid
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