Definition of sangfroid in English:



  • [mass noun] Composure or coolness shown in danger or under trying circumstances.

    • ‘My nurses are beginning to comment that my countenance reflects a certain lack of sangfroid normally found neatly stacked within.’
    • ‘We attracted little attention from the busy shoppers or even (make that especially) from the store management, and in the process developed the sangfroid, dexterity, and stealth needed for the successful completion of our operation.’
    • ‘Noticeable and interesting trouble arises when the admitted depression of the loser is occupied with the wary sangfroid normal to one who takes back by pride or turned wit a synthetic freedom which had been confiscated by ‘consensus’.’
    • ‘Napoleon once stated, ‘He who is full of courage and sangfroid before an enemy battery sometimes trembles before a skirt.’’
    • ‘She found it hard to share her son's sangfroid.’
    • ‘His burgeoning running power and growing sangfroid when presented with openings which his fizzing forwards have engineered have allowed him to ratchet up his game several notches over the past six months.’
    • ‘Some looked lovingly at their own canvases, others noted with sangfroid the disaster below, letting a drop of inspiration fall from a cauldron or the light of apotheosis beam down from a flashlight.’
    • ‘So while he may seem to have achieved his political sangfroid without effort, the evidence of Poems suggests otherwise.’
    • ‘In the view of some it is as if the management of the FRG has failed, in its hostile takeover of a failed rust-belt industry, to treat its newly acquired property with sufficient sangfroid.’
    • ‘His sangfroid with regards to the regeneration of the forest was appealing to lumber company officials, who were interested in regeneration but not in large monetary investments on such an extremely long-term proposition.’
    • ‘It took exceptional sangfroid, not to mention bicycling technique, to hold your line in the slick subterranean darkness.’
    • ‘He did not expect his readers literally to become highwaymen, or even lady-killers; but he did expect them to identify with his courage, audacity and sangfroid.’
    • ‘Offering the most welcoming stage for the talented, the city with equal sangfroid accepts the misery of millions who fail to flourish.’
    • ‘It is the most dazzling display of agility and sangfroid I have ever seen.’
    • ‘I did not, I am sorry to say, demonstrate the same sangfroid.’
    • ‘What the play needs, but doesn't get in his staging, is British sangfroid and coolly clipped British-accented delivery unraveling in just the right places.’
    • ‘Necessity made us philosophers, and we were obliged to show as much sangfroid on the subject as himself; for it was impossible to turn away without our prudery's exciting more attention than would have been pleasant.’
    • ‘Setting up shop in the zone between intimacy and intrusion, a place where emotional and expressive prerogatives are negotiated, is a risky business that he manages with perfect sangfroid.’
    • ‘Salut's assessment was tinged with sangfroid.’
    • ‘He made the situation not seem as difficult as it was with his sangfroid manner.’
    composure, equanimity, self-possession, level-headedness, equilibrium, aplomb, poise, assurance, self-assurance, self-control, nerve, calmness, coolness, countenance, collectedness, imperturbability, presence of mind
    cool, unflappability
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Mid 18th century: from French sang-froid, literally cold blood.