- cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations.
- reddish; ruddy: a sanguine complexion.
- (in old physiology) having blood as the predominating humor and consequently being ruddy-faced, cheerful, etc.
- bloody; sanguinary.
- blood-red; red.
- Heraldry. a reddish-purple tincture.
- a red iron-oxide crayon used in making drawings.
Origin of sanguine
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Examples from the Web for sanguinely
“And that will be in France, ere long,” said Constance, sanguinely.The White Rose of Langley
Emily Sarah Holt
He sanguinely looked upon his imprisonment as merely temporary.The Boy Broker
Frank A. Munsey
Those who augured so sanguinely for its action and effect were disappointed.The Felon's Track
But time, she sanguinely believed, would remove every obstacle.The Rivals of Acadia
Harriet Vaughan Cheney
He thought the price too low, sanguinely hoped that it would re-ascend, still deferred his purpose, and lost his all.Old and New London
- cheerful and confident; optimistic
- (esp of the complexion) ruddy in appearance
- an obsolete word for sanguinary (def. 2)
- Also called: red chalk a red pencil containing ferric oxide, used in drawing
Word Origin and History for sanguinely
"blood-red," late 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French sanguin (fem. sanguine), from Latin sanguineus "of blood," also "bloody, bloodthirsty," from sanguis (genitive sanguinis) "blood" (see sanguinary). Meaning "cheerful, hopeful, confident" first attested c.1500, because these qualities were thought in medieval physiology to spring from an excess of blood as one of the four humors. Also in Middle English as a noun, "type of red cloth" (early 14c.).
- Of a healthy, reddish color; ruddy.
- Cheerfully confident; optimistic.
- Having blood as the dominant humor in terms of medieval physiology.
- Having the temperament and ruddy complexion that was formerly thought to be characteristic of a person dominated by this humor; passionate.