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November 5, 2022

Sanguine / adjective / ˈsaNGɡwən

Sanguine is a color adjective and noun that describes something or someone associated with, exhibiting, or resembling blood. It's typically used to describe colors such as red, orange, yellow, green and blue, which are seen as cheerful or upbeat due to their vibrancy.

We can also use the word sanguine to describe the attitude of someone who remains positive in the face of adversity. Sanguine people keep a very positive outlook regardless of how bleak their circumstances appear to be at the current time.

In a Sentence

The policeman cornered the suspect when he noticed blood was seeping through the fabric of his shirt, turning it a sanguine color.

The rip in the fabric of my shirt was starting to turn a rusty sanguine color.

The sunlight glistened off the coast of the red rocks, which temporarily gave the ocean a sanguine appearance.


The word sanguine comes from the Latin word sanguis, meaning blood. It is derived from an Old French word saingne, which came from the Vulgar Latin sanguria. We use the word in English to describe people with a positive outlook and to describe the color of blood.


Cheery, Buoyant, Colorful


Depressed, Gloomy, Dull


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