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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.


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Sanguine was the name of an SLF-transmitter of the US-Navy, which was used to transmit on the frequency 76 hertz signals to submarines. The transmitter sites were in Michigan and Wisconsin. As aerial ground dipoles were used.


Sanguine is a stain, or non-standard tincture in heraldry, of a blood-red colour. In the past it was sometimes taken to be equivalent to murrey, but they are now considered two distinct tinctures. It is a brownish red, the colour of arterial blood.

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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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