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sang-froid

[ French sahn-frwa ]
/ French sɑ̃ˈfrwa /
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noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for sang-froid

sang-froid
/ (French sɑ̃frwa) /

noun

composure; self-possession; calmness
C18: from French, literally: cold blood
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Cultural definitions for sang-froid

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.”

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