[ sang-gwin ]
/ ˈsæŋ gwɪn /
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cheerfully optimistic, sometimes to the point of seeming complacent, oblivious, or naive: a sanguine disposition;sanguine expectations.
(in old physiology) having blood as the predominating humor and consequently being ruddy-faced, cheerful, etc.
Heraldry. a reddish-purple tincture.
a red iron-oxide crayon used in making drawings.
OTHER WORDS FOR sanguine
OPPOSITES FOR sanguine
1 disheartened, morose.
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Origin of sanguine
First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English sanguyne “a blood-red cloth,” from Old French sanguin, from Latin sanguineus “bloody,” equivalent to sanguin-, stem of sanguis “blood” + -eus -eous
OTHER WORDS FROM sanguine
san·guine·ly, adverbsan·guin·i·ty [sang-gwin-i-tee], /ˌsæŋˈgwɪn ɪ ti/, san·guin·ness, nounnon·san·guine, adjectivenon·san·guine·ly, adverb
non·san·guine·ness, nouno·ver·san·guine, adjectiveo·ver·san·guine·ly, adverbo·ver·san·guine·ness, nounpre·san·guine, adjectivequa·si-san·guine, adjectivequa·si-san·guine·ly, adverbsu·per·san·guine, adjectivesu·per·san·guin·i·ty, nounun·san·guine, adjectiveun·san·guine·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sanguinesanguinary, sanguine
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How to use sanguine in a sentence
If investors are sanguine, it may be because the country has weathered plenty of turmoil in its nearly 245-year history.Stocks drive higher, brushing aside worries about U.S. stability|David J. Lynch|January 14, 2021|Washington Post
The state’s dire fiscal outlook was based on a $37-a-barrel price for Alaska North Slope crude, and the price is up about 19% since then—so state budgeteers might be a little more sanguine these days.COVID-19 has another long-term side effect: A shrinking tax base|cleaf2013|August 31, 2020|Fortune
Hall spoke in later years of the "zeal, warmth, and sanguinity" with which they began their work.A History of the English Church in New Zealand|Henry Thomas Purchas
Ellen had always had a sort of sanguinity of happiness and of the petting of Providence as well as of her friends.The Portion of Labor|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It is in stanzas, every one an octosyllabic triplet, which you will think odd, and I have not sanguinity enough to defend.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)|Frederic G. Kenyon
British Dictionary definitions for sanguine
/ (ˈsæŋɡwɪn) /
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
Derived forms of sanguinesanguinely, adverbsanguineness or sanguinity, noun
Word Origin for sanguine
C14: from Latin sanguineus bloody, from sanguis blood
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