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[French sahn-frwa] /French sɑ̃ˈfrwa/
coolness of mind; calmness; composure:
They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid.
Origin of sang-froid
1740-50; < French: literally, cold blood
self-possession, poise, equanimity, self-control, nerve, courage, steadiness. Unabridged
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  • "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.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • At tea Clara felt the refinement and sang-froid of the household.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • 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 Emile Gaboriau
  • His weakness had passed; his sang-froid had returned; he would now reflect.

    The Honor of the Name Emile Gaboriau
  • I must congratulate you upon the sang-froid with which you speak of your infamies.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • The test had brought back the sang-froid of the man of the world.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson
  • She had a quiet aplomb, which would be called 'sang-froid' in a man.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for sang-froid


/French sɑ̃frwa/
composure; self-possession; calmness
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: cold blood
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Word Origin and History for sang-froid

"presence of mind, composure," 1712, from French sang froid, literally "cool blood," from sang "blood" (from Latin sanguis; see sanguinary) + froid "cold" (from Latin frigidus; see frigid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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