AskDefine | Define sanguine

Dictionary Definition

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]

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From sanguin, ultimately from sanguineus.


  • /'sæŋ.gwɪn/, /"s

Extensive Definition

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.
sanguine in Catalan: sanguina
sanguine in Czech: Sangvinik
sanguine in German: Sanguiniker
sanguine in Spanish: Sanguina
sanguine in French: Sanguine
sanguine in Dutch: Sanguïnisch
sanguine in Polish: Sangwina
sanguine in Slovak: Sangvinik
sanguine in Slovenian: Sangvinik

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

agape, agog, all agog, ambivert, anticipant, anticipating, anticipative, anticipatory, aspiring, assured, awaiting, beaming, blithe, blithesome, blood-colored, bloodstained, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-red, blooming, blowzed, blowzy, bright, bright and sunny, burnt, certain, cheerful, cheery, choleric, confident, cycloid, cyclothyme, cyclothymic, eager, ectomorph, elated, endomorph, ensanguined, enthusiastic, eupeptic, euphoric, exalted, exhilarated, expectant, expecting, extrovert, fervid, florid, flush, flushed, fond, forearmed, forestalling, forewarned, forward-looking, full of hope, full-blooded, gaping, genial, glad, gladsome, glowing, gory, happy, hectic, high, homicidal, hopeful, hoping, in anticipation, in expectation, in good heart, in good spirits, in high spirits, in hopes, introvert, irrepressible, laughing, looking for, looking forward to, melancholic, mesomorph, murdering, not surprised, of good cheer, of good hope, optimistic, phlegmatic, pleasant, prepared, radiant, ready, red-complexioned, red-faced, red-fleshed, riant, rosy, rosy-cheeked, rubicund, ruddy, ruddy-complexioned, ruddy-faced, sanguinary, sanguineous, schizoid, schizothyme, secure, self-assured, self-confident, smiling, sparkling, sunburned, sunny, sure, syntone, undespairing, undoubtful, unsurprised, upbeat, waiting, waiting for, watching for, winsome, zealous
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