- 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 sanguinity
It is in stanzas, every one an octosyllabic triplet, which you will think odd, and I have not sanguinity enough to defend.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)
Frederic G. Kenyon
Ellen had always had a sort of sanguinity of happiness and of the petting of Providence as well as of her friends.The Portion of Labor
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Hall spoke in later years of the "zeal, warmth, and sanguinity" with which they began their work.A History of the English Church in New Zealand</p>
Henry Thomas Purchas
- 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 sanguinity
"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.