- The definition of sanguine is someone or something the color of blood or a reddish color.
An example of sanguine is rosy cheeks.
- of the color of blood; ruddy: said esp. of complexions
- in medieval physiology, having the warm, passionate, cheerful temperament and the healthy, ruddy complexion of one in whom the blood is the predominant humor of the four
- cheerful and confident; optimistic; hopeful
- Now Rare sanguinary (sense )
Origin of sanguineMiddle English sanguin ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin sanguineus ; from sanguis (gen. sanguinis), blood
- a. Cheerfully confident; optimistic: sanguine about the prospects for an improved economy.b. At ease; accepting: “Deborah was generally sanguine about the women in Franklin's life” (Walter Isaacson).
- Archaic a. Having blood as the dominant humor in terms of medieval physiology.b. Having the temperament and ruddy complexion formerly thought to be characteristic of a person dominated by this humor; passionate.
- a. Of the color of blood; red.b. Of a healthy reddish color; ruddy: a sanguine complexion.
Origin of sanguineMiddle English, blood-red, dominated by the humor blood, ruddy, from Old French sanguin, from Latin sanguineus, bloody, blood-red, from sanguis, sanguin-, blood.
- san′guine·ness, san·guin′i·ty
(comparative more sanguine, superlative most sanguine)
- Having the colour of blood; red.
- 1597 — Shakespeare, 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.
- Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood.
- a sanguine bodily temperament
- Warm; ardent.
- a sanguine temper
- Anticipating the best; optimistic; not despondent; confident; full of hope.
- sanguine of success
Not to be confused with sanguinary.
(third-person singular simple present sanguines, present participle sanguining, simple past and past participle sanguined)