verb (used with object), en·san·guined, en·san·guin·ing.
  1. to stain or cover with or as with blood: a flag ensanguined with the blood of battle.

Origin of ensanguine

First recorded in 1660–70; en-1 + sanguine
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Historical Examples of ensanguine

  • But in the attempt to incarnate and ensanguine it I failed wretchedly.

    Seven Men

    Max Beerbohm

  • His eyelids were inflamed, and but served to ensanguine the bitter and cold-blazing intensity of the pupils.

British Dictionary definitions for ensanguine


  1. (tr) literary to cover or stain with or as with blood
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