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sang-froid

[French sahn-frwa]
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noun
  1. coolness of mind; calmness; composure: They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid.
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Origin of sang-froid

1740–50; < French: literally, cold blood

Synonyms

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self-possession, poise, equanimity, self-control, nerve, courage, steadiness.
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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


British Dictionary definitions for sang-froid

sang-froid

noun
  1. composure; self-possession; calmness
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Word Origin

C18: from French, literally: cold blood
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Word Origin and History for 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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