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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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  • Child Poverty In Japan? Relatively Speaking, Yes. But The Real Crisis Is The 'Birth Dearth'
    I am fairly sanguine about Japan?s ability to maintain its high standard of living while the overall population and, possibly too, nominal GDP, decline. Tokyo today is grossly over-crowded. This situation seems likely to persist, but I can imagine in the future substantial out-migration of people to much more salubrious and commodious regions. Read more on this news related to 'Sanguine'
  • Larry Summers's 4-Point Plan for Saving the Economy
    ASPEN, Colo.—Larry Summers does not appear to think much of sanguine predictions about America’s economic future right now. During an appearance Tuesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is hosted by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute, the former Obama and Clinton adviser and Harvard president ticked off the reasons the country is still on a shaky foundatio Read more on this news related to 'Sanguine'
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    Those who passed through a psychology class are aware that there are four temperaments: the choleric, the melancholic, the sanguine and the phlegmatic. Read more on this news related to 'Sanguine'

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