[sang-gwin-ee-uh s]


of, relating to, or containing blood.
of the color of blood.
involving much bloodshed.
sanguine; confident.

Origin of sanguineous

First recorded in 1510–20, sanguineous is from the Latin word sanguineus bloody. See sanguine
Related formssan·guin·e·ous·ness, nounun·san·guin·e·ous, adjectiveun·san·guin·e·ous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of, containing, relating to, or associated with blood
Derived Formssanguineousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sanguineous

"pertaining to blood," 1510s, from Latin sanguineus, from sanguin-, stem of sanguis (see sanguinary).

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sanguineous in Medicine




Of or relating to blood; bloody.
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