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

Origin of sang-froid

1740–50; <French: literally, cold blood

Other words for sang-froid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sang-froid in a sentence

  • It was his sangfroid which was responsible for the devotion with which the soldiers rushed against the enemy.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • Then Kemeny stood up with imperturbable sangfroid and buckled on his sword, but refused to wear armour.

  • He understood that he was unceremoniously dismissed, but he was not the kind of man to easily lose his sangfroid.

    John Marsh's Millions | Charles Klein
  • Where was the aristocratic sangfroid which should have made him proof even against so much perturbing news?

    The Bronze Eagle | Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • Accordingly his first act was with characteristic sangfroid to order these commodities quietly.

    Ulysses | James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for sang-froid


/ (French sɑ̃frwa) /

  1. composure; self-possession; calmness

Origin of sang-froid

C18: from French, literally: cold blood

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Cultural definitions for 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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