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sanguine

[ sang-gwin ]
/ ˈsæŋ gwɪn /
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adjective

noun

a red iron-oxide crayon used in making drawings.

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Origin of sanguine

1275–1325; Middle English sanguyne a blood-red cloth <Old French sanguin<Latin sanguineus bloody, equivalent to sanguin-, stem of sanguis blood + -eus-eous

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sanguine

sanguinary, sanguine
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British Dictionary definitions for sanguine

sanguine
/ (ˈsæŋɡwɪn) /

adjective

cheerful and confident; optimistic
(esp of the complexion) ruddy in appearance
blood-red
an obsolete word for sanguinary (def. 2)

noun

Also called: red chalk a red pencil containing ferric oxide, used in drawing

Derived forms of sanguine

sanguinely, adverbsanguineness or sanguinity, noun

Word Origin for sanguine

C14: from Latin sanguineus bloody, from sanguis blood
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Medical definitions for sanguine

sanguine
[ sănggwĭn ]

adj.

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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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