- Having the colour of blood; blood red. [from late 14th c.]
- (obsolete, physiology) 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.
- 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. [from early 16th c.]
- 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume I, chapter 18:
- Mrs. Weston was exceedingly disappointed—much more disappointed, in fact, than her husband, though her dependence on seeing the young man had been so much more sober: but a sanguine temper, though for ever expecting more good than occurs, does not always pay for its hopes by any proportionate depression. It soon flies over the present failure, and begins to hope again.
- 1857, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers, Volume the Second, page 79 →ISBN
- It was clear that Dr. Gwynne was not very sanguine as to the effects of his journey to Barchester, and not over anxious to interfere with the bishop.
- I'm sanguine about the eventual success of the project.
Not to be confused with sanguinary.
having the colour of blood; red
having a bodily constitution characterised by a preponderance of blood over the other bodily humours
characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood
anticipating the best
sanguine (plural sanguines)
- Blood colour; red.
- sanguine colour:
- Anything of a blood-red colour, as cloth.
- (heraldry) A tincture, seldom used, of a blood-red colour (not to be confused with murrey).
- Red crayon. See the Note under crayon, 1.
blood red colour
anything of a blood-red colour
- (reds) red; blood red, brick red, burgundy, cardinal, carmine, carnation, cerise, cherry, cherry red, Chinese red, cinnabar, claret, crimson, damask, fire brick, fire engine red, flame, flamingo, fuchsia, garnet, geranium, gules, hot pink, incarnadine, Indian red, magenta, maroon, misty rose, nacarat, oxblood, pillar-box red, pink, Pompeian red, poppy, raspberry, red violet, rose, rouge, ruby, ruddy, salmon, sanguine, scarlet, shocking pink, stammel, strawberry, Turkey red, Venetian red, vermillion, vinaceous, vinous, violet red, wine
sanguine f (plural sanguines)
- (heraldry) A tincture, seldom used, of a blood-red colour (not to be confused with murrey, which is mûre in French).
- “sanguine” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).