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Definition of "sanguine" [san•guine]

  • Of the color of blood; red. (adjective)
  • Of a healthy reddish color; ruddy: a sanguine complexion. (adjective)
  • Archaic Having blood as the dominant humor in terms of medieval physiology. (adjective)
  • Archaic Having the temperament and ruddy complexion formerly thought to be characteristic of a person dominated by this humor; passionate. (adjective)
  • Cheerfully confident; optimistic. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sanguine" in a sentence
  • "Will they remain sanguine when excess reserves increase to $2 trillion?"
  • "If you're not familiar with these terms a sanguine is a naturally outgoing personality who can hold three conversations at once, doesn't like to be alone, is the life of every party and is often said to be a people person."
  • "One temperament is commonly called sanguine, meaning, literally, “from the blood.”"