- cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations.
- reddish; ruddy: a sanguine complexion.
- (in old physiology) having blood as the predominating humor and consequently being ruddy-faced, cheerful, etc.
- bloody; sanguinary.
- blood-red; red.
- Heraldry. a reddish-purple tincture.
- a red iron-oxide crayon used in making drawings.
Origin of sanguine
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Examples from the Web for sanguine
The experience left them sanguine about the sometimes vitriolic opinions of strangers on the Internet.Viral Video Pioneers: How Pomplamoose is Turning YouTube Stardom Into a Sustainable Profession
October 27, 2014
She is equally desirous of Levine, as animalistic and eager to consume him while sticky with sanguine fluid.Sex, Blood and Maroon 5: Pop Culture’s Wounds Run Deep
October 3, 2014
That said, I am not as sanguine about the future of the U.S.-Egypt bilateral relationship.Let's Get Real: Washington Can't Walk Away From Cairo
Frank G. Wisner
May 26, 2014
Markets will not be so sanguine if it is the Spanish or Italian banking system that needs an infusion.European Finance Ministers Talk Tough About Bank Bailouts. Does It Matter?
March 26, 2013
Some conservative pro-Israel groups and most Republicans opposed Hagel for being too hostile to Israel and too sanguine on Iran.On Eve of Obama’s Visit to Israel, Gaza Feels Like a Third Wheel
March 19, 2013
He had been one of the few as sanguine as Percival—and Blythe's manner now reassured him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Even the most sanguine now gave her up for lost, including the owners.Brave and Bold
Mainwaring was of a sanguine disposition, with fiery temper.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
He was sanguine in all his hopes, and rapid, but not unthinking, in all his decisions.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Birnie is sanguine as ever; but he is a terrible sort of comforter!Night and Morning, Complete
- cheerful and confident; optimistic
- (esp of the complexion) ruddy in appearance
- an obsolete word for sanguinary (def. 2)
- Also called: red chalk a red pencil containing ferric oxide, used in drawing
Word Origin and History for sanguine
"blood-red," late 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French sanguin (fem. sanguine), from Latin sanguineus "of blood," also "bloody, bloodthirsty," from sanguis (genitive sanguinis) "blood" (see sanguinary). Meaning "cheerful, hopeful, confident" first attested c.1500, because these qualities were thought in medieval physiology to spring from an excess of blood as one of the four humors. Also in Middle English as a noun, "type of red cloth" (early 14c.).
- Of a healthy, reddish color; ruddy.
- Cheerfully confident; optimistic.
- Having blood as the dominant humor in terms of medieval physiology.
- Having the temperament and ruddy complexion that was formerly thought to be characteristic of a person dominated by this humor; passionate.