[French sahn-frwa]
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Origin of sang-froid

1740–50; < French: literally, cold blood

Synonyms for sang-froid

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Related Words for sangfroid

aplomb, calmness, composure, coolness, equanimity

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Contemporary Examples of sangfroid

Historical Examples of sangfroid

  • She was impressed enormously by his sangfroid and will to rule the roost.

  • But she feared to face the experience alone; she did not trust her own sangfroid.

  • Her aplomb, her sangfroid, astounded Mr. Prohack—and relieved him.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • The play exercises memory, judgment, sangfroid, and other good qualities of the mind.

    The Woman-Hater

    Charles Reade

  • This important announcement ought to have startled the sangfroid of the guardian, but it did not.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for sangfroid


  1. composure; self-possession; calmness

Word Origin for sang-froid

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



"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sangfroid in Culture


[(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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