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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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