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Webster 1913 Edition


Sanguine

San′guine

,
Adj.
[F.
sanguin
, L.
sanguineus
, fr.
sanguis
blood. Cf.
Sanguineous
.]
1.
Having the color of blood; red.
Of his complexion he was
sanguine
.
Chaucer.
Like to that
sanguine
flower inscribed with woe.
Milton.
2.
Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood;
as, a
sanguine
bodily temperament
.
3.
Warm; ardent;
as, a
sanguine
temper
.
4.
Anticipating the best; cheerfully optimistic; not desponding; confident; full of hope;
as,
sanguine
of success; a
sanguine
disposition
.
Syn. – Warm; ardent; lively; confident; hopeful; optimistic.

San′guine

,
Noun.
1.
Blood color; red.
Spenser.
2.
Anything of a blood-red color, as cloth.
[Obs.]
In
sanguine
and in pes he clad was all.
Chaucer.
3.
(Min.)
Bloodstone.
4.
Red crayon. See the Note under
Crayon
, 1.

San′guine

,
Verb.
T.
To stain with blood; to impart the color of blood to; to ensanguine.

Webster 1828 Edition


Sanguine

SAN'GUINE

,

Definition 2023


sanguine

sanguine

English

Adjective

sanguine (comparative more sanguine, superlative most sanguine)

  1. Having the colour of blood; red.
  2. (obsolete, physiology) Having a bodily constitution characterised by a preponderance of blood over the other bodily humours, thought to be marked by irresponsible mirth; indulgent in pleasure to the exclusion of important matters.
    • 1592Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus iv 2
      What, what, ye sanguine, shallow-hearted boys!
    • 1597Shakespeare, 1 Hen IV ii 4
      I'll be no longer guilty of this sin; this sanguine coward, this
      bed-presser, this horse-back-breaker, this huge hill of flesh.
  3. Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood.
    a sanguine bodily temperament
  4. Warm; ardent.
    a sanguine temper
  5. Anticipating the best; optimistic; not despondent; confident; full of hope.
    • 1857, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers, Volume the Second, page 79 (ISBN 1857150570)
      It was clear that Dr. Gwynne was not very sanguine as to the effects of his journey to Barchester, and not over anxious to interfere with the bishop.
    sanguine of success

Usage notes

Not to be confused with sanguinary.

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Noun

sanguine (plural sanguines)

  1. Blood colour; red.
    sanguine colour:    
  2. Anything of a blood-red colour, as cloth.
  3. (heraldry) A tincture, seldom used, of a blood-red colour (not to be confused with murrey).
  4. Bloodstone.
  5. Red crayon. See the Note under crayon, 1.

Translations

Verb

sanguine (third-person singular simple present sanguines, present participle sanguining, simple past and past participle sanguined)

  1. To stain with blood; to impart the colour of blood to; to ensanguine.

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French

Noun

sanguine f (plural sanguines)

  1. (heraldry) A tincture, seldom used, of a blood-red colour (not to be confused with murrey, which is mûre in French).

Adjective

sanguine

  1. feminine singular of sanguin

Interlingua

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈsaŋ.ɡwi.ne/

Noun

sanguine (uncountable)

  1. blood

Latin

Noun

sanguine

  1. ablative singular of sanguis