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sang-froid

[French sahn-frwa] /French sɑ̃ˈfrwa/
noun
1.
coolness of mind; calmness; composure:
They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid.
Origin of sang-froid
1740-1750
1740-50; < French: literally, cold blood
Synonyms
self-possession, poise, equanimity, self-control, nerve, courage, steadiness.
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  • She was impressed enormously by his sangfroid and will to rule the roost.

    Carnac's Folly, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • But she feared to face the experience alone; she did not trust her own sangfroid.

  • Her aplomb, her sangfroid, astounded Mr. Prohack—and relieved him.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett
  • The play exercises memory, judgment, sangfroid, and other good qualities of the mind.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • This important announcement ought to have startled the sangfroid of the guardian, but it did not.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett
  • Knowing what the situation must mean to her he admired her the more for her sangfroid and social flexibility.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
British Dictionary definitions for sangfroid

sang-froid

/French sɑ̃frwa/
noun
1.
composure; self-possession; calmness
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: cold blood
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Word Origin and History for sangfroid

sang-froid

n.

"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).

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sangfroid in Culture
sangfroid [(sahn-frwah, sahn-fwah)]

Composure in the face of difficulty or danger: “We would all be dead today if our bus driver hadn't kept his sangfroid when the bus began to skid on the ice.” From French, meaning “cold blood.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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