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sanguine

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Etymology

From French sanguin, ultimately from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] sanguineus.

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
sanguine

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (color) Having the colour of blood; red.
  2. Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood.
    a sanguine bodily temperament
  3. Warm; ardent.
    a sanguine temper
  4. Anticipating the best; not despondent; confident; full of hope
    sanguine of success
  5. (obsolete) irresponsibly mirthful; 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.

Usage notes

Not to be confused with sanguinary.

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Noun

Singular
sanguine

Plural
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sanguine ({{{1}}})
  1. (color) Blood colour; red.
    sanguine colour:   
  2. Anything of a blood-red color, as cloth.
  3. Bloodstone.
  4. Red crayon. See the Note under crayon, 1.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to sanguine

Third person singular
sanguin

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to sanguine (third-person singular simple present sanguin, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To stain with blood; to impart the color of blood to; to ensanguine.

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