What does sanguine mean?

Definitions for sanguine
ˈsæŋ gwɪnsan·guine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sanguineadjective

    a blood-red color

  2. sanguineadjective

    confidently optimistic and cheerful

  3. rubicund, ruddy, florid, sanguineadjective

    inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life

    "a ruddy complexion"; "Santa's rubicund cheeks"; "a fresh and sanguine complexion"


  1. sanguinenoun

    Anything of a blood-red colour, as cloth.

    Etymology: From sanguin, ultimately from sanguineus, "of blood".

  2. sanguinenoun


    Etymology: From sanguin, ultimately from sanguineus, "of blood".

  3. sanguinenoun

    Red crayon. See the Note under crayon, 1.

    Etymology: From sanguin, ultimately from sanguineus, "of blood".

  4. sanguineverb

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

    Etymology: From sanguin, ultimately from sanguineus, "of blood".

  5. sanguineadjective

    Having the colour of blood; red.

    Etymology: From sanguin, ultimately from sanguineus, "of blood".

  6. sanguineadjective

    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.

    Etymology: From sanguin, ultimately from sanguineus, "of blood".

  7. sanguineadjective

    Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood.

    a sanguine bodily temperament

    Etymology: From sanguin, ultimately from sanguineus, "of blood".

  8. sanguineadjective

    Warm; ardent.

    a sanguine temper

    Etymology: From sanguin, ultimately from sanguineus, "of blood".

  9. sanguineadjective

    Anticipating the best; optimistic; not despondent; confident; full of hope.

    sanguine of success

    Etymology: From sanguin, ultimately from sanguineus, "of blood".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sanguineadjective

    having the color of blood; red

  2. Sanguineadjective

    characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood; as, a sanguine bodily temperament

  3. Sanguineadjective

    warm; ardent; as, a sanguine temper

  4. Sanguineadjective

    anticipating the best; not desponding; confident; full of hope; as, sanguine of success

  5. Sanguinenoun

    blood color; red

  6. Sanguinenoun

    anything of a blood-red color, as cloth

  7. Sanguinenoun


  8. Sanguinenoun

    red crayon. See the Note under Crayon, 1

  9. Sanguineverb

    to stain with blood; to impart the color of blood to; to ensanguine


  1. Sanguine

    Sanguine is a stain, or non-standard tincture in heraldry, of a blood-red colour. In the past it was sometimes taken to be equivalent to murrey, but they are now considered two distinct tinctures. It is a brownish red, the colour of arterial blood.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sanguine

    sang′gwin, adj. abounding with blood, bloody: bloodthirsty: ruddy, red: ardent, hopeful, confident: characterised by a fullness of habit.—n. the colour of red.—v.t. (obs.) to stain with blood.—n. Sang′sue, a leech—also Sang′uisuge.—adjs. Sanguic′olous, living in the blood, as a parasite; Sanguif′erous, receiving and conveying blood, circulatory.—ns. Sanguificā′tion; San′guifier.—adj. Sanguif′luous, flowing with blood.—v.i. San′guify, to make blood.—v.t. to convert into blood.—n. Sanguinā′ria, a genus of the poppy family, one species, the Blood-root or Puccoon of North America, much used by the Indians for staining.—adv. San′guinarily.—n. San′guinariness.—adj. San′guinary, bloody: attended with much blood-shed: bloodthirsty.—n. the yarrow: the blood-root.—adj. San′guineless, destitute of blood.—adv. San′guinely, hopefully, confidently.—n. San′guineness, sanguine character, ardour: ruddiness: plethora.—adj. Sanguin′eous, sanguine: resembling or constituting blood.—ns. Sanguin′ity, sanguineness; Sanguin′olence, Sanguin′olency.—adj. Sanguin′olent, tinged with blood: sanguine.—ns. Sanguisorbā′ceæ, Sanguisor′beæ, a sub-order of Rosaceæ, containing about 150 species; Sanguisū′ga, a genus of leeches.—adjs. Sanguisū′gent, Sanguisū′gous, blood-sucking; Sanguiv′olent, bloodthirsty; Sanguiv′orous, feeding on blood, as a vampire—also Sanguiniv′orous. [Fr.,—L. sanguineussanguis, sanguinis, blood.]

Anagrams for sanguine »

  1. Guineans

  2. guanines

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanguine in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanguine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of sanguine in a Sentence

  1. Sebastian Coe:

    I think you'd be pretty surprised if I did sit here and was sanguine about that, i personally have big problems with it.

  2. Lloyd Blankfein:

    ( The) U.S. economy is not going off the rails, i'm generally sanguine. We muddle through. I think some of this is an overreaction to the overreaction of assets being so swollen.

  3. Valentin Marinov:

    Stocks are still up even as commodities are down, something has to give, we are far less sanguine and think that the developed stock markets may be lagging behind other asset classes as investors position ahead of Fed tightening while global economic data continues to fuel market worries.

  4. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu:

    There is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth, those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity which makes all the happiness of life.

  5. Nirmal Bang analysts:

    With mega deals largely missing for the industry in the last 2-3 quarters, this situation could play out for Infosys too after a great FY21 on lumpy deals, on the margin front, we are more sanguine as we believe that the cost pressures will peak in FY22.

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