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Jun 17, 2009
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Medicinal words to describe people

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choleric
phlegmatic
sanguine
melancholic
bilious

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

sanguine

PRONUNCIATION:
(SANG-gwin)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Cheerfully optimistic or confident.
2. Having a healthy reddish color.
3. Blood-red.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French sanguin, from Latin sanguineus (bloody), from sanguis (blood).

USAGE:
"As usual, Phillips is sanguine: Michael is totally focused now, and the insurance wasn't a problem, it was just expensive."
Robert Sandall; Will Michael Jackson Survive His Concert Marathon? The Sunday Times (London, UK); May 31, 2009.

See more usage examples of sanguine in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We all have handicaps. The difference is that some of us must reveal ours, while others must conceal theirs, to be treated with mercy. -Yahia Lababidi, author (b. 1973)

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