Adjective "sanguine" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.
  1. 'the committee takes a more sanguine view'
  2. 'If you view competition as bad for consumers, you can't have a very sanguine view of their ability to resist corporate come-ons.'
  3. 'While the Spanish government is openly optimistic that the worst has passed, residents and environmentalists were not so sanguine.'
  4. 'Yet despite its high P / E, brokers were sanguine enough about Autonomy's prospects on Friday, and happy to upgrade the software company.'
  5. 'We are not sanguine that all the conditions can be fulfilled in a timely manner.'
  6. 'It was also sanguine about the economy's prospects in light of strong productivity growth and the stimulus provided by the current accommodative policy stance.'
  7. 'She is equally sanguine about the trajectory and acceleration of her band's career, although she understands that it's remarkable that they've gotten this far with so little struggle.'
  8. 'None of these essays is sanguine about the current situation, but all three offer positive views of the future.'
  9. 'However, he is positively sanguine about his experiences.'
  10. 'However, UK operator mmO2 is more sanguine about the prospects for 3G.'
  11. 'Despite the precarious position of the oil market, financial markets remain extraordinarily sanguine in regard to the prospects of another major oil shock.'
  12. 'Those of a sanguine constitution, those weakened by famine or those who indulged in hot baths, excessive exercise, work or sexual indulgence (all of which opened the pores to infection) were particularly vulnerable.'
  13. 'Blood predominated in spring, and a person with a natural excess of blood would have a sanguine physical and psychological humoral constitution, or temperament.'
  14. 'It was his fresh and sanguine complexion, which struck me as a rather bizarre contrast to his flat eyes.'
  1. 'Instances later, she was a beautiful young maiden with sanguine hair and a scarlet dress.'
Bloody or bloodthirsty.


    A blood-red colour.
    1. 'I was aware that sanguine, like the more processed chalks, can be smeared and stomped to create smooth tones; what I didn't know until reading Moore’s article is that the sanguine dust, because it doesn't have the oily binders found in the processed crayons, can be mixed with water to form a kind of ‘ink’, and washed on with a brush or even a pen.'


    1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations.

    2. reddish; ruddy: a sanguine complexion.

    3. (in old physiology) having blood as the predominating humor and consequently being ruddy-faced, cheerful, etc.

    4. bloody; sanguinary.

    5. blood-red; red.

    6. Heraldry. a reddish-purple tincture. noun

    7. a red iron-oxide crayon used in making drawings.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be sanguine about meetings."

    "people can be sanguine about reports."

    "people can be sanguine about prospects."

    "others can be sanguine about outlooks."

    "markets can be sanguine about handovers."

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    Middle English: from Old French sanguin(e) ‘blood red’, from Latin sanguineus ‘of blood’, from sanguis, sanguin- ‘blood’.