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Sanguine Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    sanguine adj
  1. confidently optimistic and cheerful
  2. inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life; "a ruddy complexion"; "Santa's rubicund cheeks"; "a fresh and sanguine complexion" [syn: rubicund, ruddy]
Sanguine Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sanguine \San"guine\, v. t. To stain with blood; to impart the color of blood to; to ensanguine.
Sanguine Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sanguine \San"guine\, a. [F. sanguin, L. sanguineus, fr. sanguis blood. Cf. Sanguineous.]
  1. Having the color of blood; red. Of his complexion he was sanguine. --Chaucer. Like to that sanguine flower inscribed with woe. --Milton.
  2. Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood; as, a sanguine bodily temperament.
  3. Warm; ardent; as, a sanguine temper.
  4. Anticipating the best; not desponding; confident; full of hope; as, sanguine of success. Syn: Warm; ardent; lively; confident; hopeful.
Sanguine Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sanguine \San"guine\, n.
  1. Blood color; red. --Spenser.
  2. Anything of a blood-red color, as cloth. [Obs.] In sanguine and in pes he clad was all. --Chaucer.
  3. (Min.) Bloodstone.
  4. Red crayon. See the Note under Crayon, 1.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Sanguine'


Sanguine refers to a reddish, often tending to brown, color of chalk used in drawing. The word may also refer to a drawing done in sanguine.

Sanguine lends itself naturally to sketches, life drawings, and rustic scenes. It is ideal for rendering modeling and volume. In the form of wood-cased pencils or manufactured sticks, sanguine may be used similarly to charcoal or pastel. As with pastel, a mid-toned paper may be put to good use. A fixative is often applied to preserve the finished state of the drawing.

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  • Raiffeisen Sanguine on Russian Sanctions Impact as European Stocks Rise
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    Close Talker pair their rigid yet sanguine melodies with achingly euphoric lyricism. The Saskatoon quartet's latest track, "Burnstick," displays their wistful longing for the past with the opening verse, "Remembering the old days / Sitting there in silence / Hoping we can live it again... Read more on this news related to 'Sanguine'

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