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Sanguine (ruddy; cheerfully optimistic) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the adjective Sanguine

What does Sanguine mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more sanguine / most sanguine

  1. confidently optimistic and cheerful
  2. inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life

Alternative definition of the adjective Sanguine


  1. Having the colour of blood; red.
  2. [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.
  3. Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood.
  4. Warm; ardent.
  5. Anticipating the best; optimistic; not despondent; confident; full of hope.

Definition of the adjective Sanguine for high school students

    optimistic, cheery
    • example: Polly reacted to any bad news with a sanguine smile and the chirpy cry, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!"

The adjective Sanguine is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Definition of the noun Sanguine

What does Sanguine mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sanguines

  1. a blood-red color
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: red / redness = red color or pigment

Alternative definition of the noun Sanguine


  1. Blood colour; red.
  2. Anything of a blood-red color, as cloth.
  3. See Bloodstone.
  4. Red crayon. See the Note under crayon, 1.

Definition of the verb Sanguine

What does Sanguine mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sanguined | sanguining | sanguines

  1. To stain with blood; to impart the color of blood to; to ensanguine.


"Sanguine" is a cataloged instance, composition.

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Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Alchemy (2008)

by Dennis Hauck

The word sanguine refers to a ruddy complexion in which the blood flows close to the skin. Sanguine people tend to be very changeable and even flighty, a little irritable yet basically optimistic, and full of personal integrity. According to Aristotle ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: Dictionary (1906)

by William Dwight Whitney

saw- outs, blood (see sang3, sanguine), + colere, inhabit.] Living in the blood , as a parasite ; hema- tobic. Also sanguinicolous. sanguiferous (sang-gwif 'e-rus) , a. [< XL. "san- guifer, blood-conveying, K L. sanguis, blood, + ferre = E. bear1.

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They act as if they supposed that to be very sanguine about the general improvement of mankind is a virtue that relieves them from taking trouble about any improvement in particular. (John Morley)
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Scrabble value of S1A1N1G2U1I1N1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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