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1Optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.‘he is sanguine about prospects for the global economy’‘the committee takes a more sanguine view’
optimistic, bullish, hopeful, buoyant, positive, disposed to look on the bright side, confident, cheerful, cheery, bright, assuredView synonyms
- ‘We are not sanguine that all the conditions can be fulfilled in a timely manner.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Yet despite its high P / E, brokers were sanguine enough about Autonomy's prospects on Friday, and happy to upgrade the software company.’
- ‘The Mexican press has been more sanguine about the prospects for the Zapatistas.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The first is pessimism, the conviction that social transformation is, contrary to the sanguine illusions of the optimists, profoundly difficult.’
- ‘I am just indicating to you that you may not be justified in taking an entirely sanguine approach that your client's position is entirely separate.’
- ‘On the fixed-income side, it is now a much less sanguine case of studying balance sheets and deteriorating cash flow positions.’
- ‘One should not, however, be sanguine about the prospects for such international behavior modification.’
- ‘I'm intrigued by everything you are saying, because it would sound like you have a generally more sanguine view of the situation than the auditor general did or than the Senate committee did that studied security in Canada.’
- ‘However, UK operator mmO2 is more sanguine about the prospects for 3G.’
- ‘This fall, many on Madison Avenue are feeling sanguine about the prospects for TV advertising, the default choice of big marketers.’
- ‘None of these essays is sanguine about the current situation, but all three offer positive views of the future.’
- ‘Sara was not sanguine about the prospects, for all of Midgarde had been held too long in thrall.’
- ‘If you view competition as bad for consumers, you can't have a very sanguine view of their ability to resist corporate come-ons.’
- ‘While the Spanish government is openly optimistic that the worst has passed, residents and environmentalists were not so sanguine.’
- ‘Despite the precarious position of the oil market, financial markets remain extraordinarily sanguine in regard to the prospects of another major oil shock.’
- ‘However, he is positively sanguine about his experiences.’
- ‘That this in no way reduces his sanguine view of future economic prospects is as unbelievable as it is disconcerting.’
- ‘DESPITE THIS GOOD NEWS, it is hard to be sanguine about manufacturing's prospects over the long haul.’
- 1.1(in medieval science and medicine) of or having the constitution associated with the predominance of blood among the bodily humours, supposedly marked by a ruddy complexion and an optimistic disposition.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Blood predominated in spring, and a person with a natural excess of blood would have a sanguine physical and psychological humoral constitution, or temperament.’
- ‘So if you've got an excess of black bile, you're melancholy; if there's a lot of blood running through you, you're sanguine.’
- ‘Jupiter, ruling the sanguine humour from its seat in the liver, is responsible for maintaining the even temper of the humours, thereby facilitating the harmonious flow of Vital Force.’
- 1.2archaic (of the complexion) florid or ruddy.
- ‘Even a sanguine complexion, therefore, did not guarantee rational capacity in a man.’
- ‘It was his fresh and sanguine complexion, which struck me as a rather bizarre contrast to his flat eyes.’
scarlet, vermilion, ruby, ruby-red, ruby-coloured, cherry, cherry-red, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine, wine-red, wine-coloured, claret, claret-red, claret-coloured, blood-redView synonyms
- ‘Instances later, she was a beautiful young maiden with sanguine hair and a scarlet dress.’
- ‘He lay sleeping on his king-sized bed, covered under a crimson sheet with the sanguine hat tilted forward onto the bridge of his nose.’
3archaic Bloody or bloodthirsty.
- ‘It's terrible that a sword meant to save mankind from tyranny is corrupted to sanguine and destructive ends.’
1[mass noun] A blood-red colour.
- ‘Most artists who have done much life drawing are familiar with sanguine, usually as a color of conté crayon or colored pencil.’
- 1.1A deep red-brown crayon or pencil containing iron oxide.
- ‘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 Moores 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.’
- 1.2Heraldry A blood-red stain used in blazoning.
- ‘Sanguine and tenne, supposedly, were never used in anything else other than abatements.’
Middle English: from Old French sanguin(e) blood red, from Latin sanguineus of blood, from sanguis, sanguin- blood.
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