- coolness of mind; calmness; composure: They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid.
Origin of sang-froid
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Examples from the Web for sangfroid
With sangfroid, Mom snuffed out her cigarette with the toe of her high heel.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
So given his sangfroid it is likely that Mr. Costas has old-fashioned pinkeye.Everything You Wanted To Know About Bob Costas’s Olympic Pinkeye
February 12, 2014
That fact alone permits Christie loyalists to greet the new negativity with a healthy degree of sangfroid.The New, Not Necessarily Improved, Chris Christie
December 30, 2013
French authorities on Thursday saluted the cyclist-witness's sangfroid under the circumstances.French Police Investigate Gruesome Murder in the Alps
September 6, 2012
She was impressed enormously by his sangfroid and will to rule the roost.Carnac's Folly, Complete
But she feared to face the experience alone; she did not trust her own sangfroid.An Engagement of Convenience
Her aplomb, her sangfroid, astounded Mr. Prohack—and relieved him.
The play exercises memory, judgment, sangfroid, and other good qualities of the mind.The Woman-Hater
This important announcement ought to have startled the sangfroid of the guardian, but it did not.
- composure; self-possession; calmness
Word Origin and History for sangfroid
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.”