[w.o.w.] sanguine

I’m excited to share that my affinity for British dramas is still continuing to grow my vocabulary.  This week’s word is from Austen’s “Persuasion” – the newest version.


(when I found the above poster I was so humored – if you’ve seen the “Firefly” series you understand.  also, I came to know of said series as my boss had become so enamored with it.  he had me take an hour or so out of my day, when we weren’t busy, to watch the first episode.  I became hooked, and I don’t even like Sci-Fi…!)



from dictionary.com


1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations.
2. reddish; ruddy: a sanguine complexion.
3. (in old physiology) having blood as the predominating humor and consequently being ruddy-faced, cheerful, etc.
4. bloody; sanguinary.
5. blood-red; red.
6. Heraldry . a reddish-purple tincture.
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picture 2 from
(such amazing artists!)
7. a red iron-oxide crayon used in making drawings.
1275–1325; Middle English sanguyne  a blood-red cloth < Old French sanguin  < Latin sanguineus  bloody, equivalent to sanguin-,  stem of sanguis  blood + -eus -eous

Related forms

san·guine·ly, adverb
san·guin·i·ty, san·guin·ness, noun
non·san·guine, adjective
non·san·guine·ly, adverb
non·san·guine·ness, noun
o·ver·san·guine, adjective
o·ver·san·guine·ly, adverb
o·ver·san·guine·ness, noun
pre·san·guine, adjective
qua·si-san·guine, adjective
qua·si-san·guine·ly, adverb
su·per·san·guine, adjective
su·per·san·guin·i·ty, noun
un·san·guine, adjective
un·san·guine·ly, adverb
Can be confused: sanguinary, sanguine .
1.  enthusiastic, buoyant, animated, lively, spirited.
1.  morose.
from thesaurus.com
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: happy; optimistic
Synonyms: animated, assured, buoyant, cheerful, confident, enthusiastic, expectant, hopeful, lively, positive, secure, self-assured, self-confident, spirited, undoubtful, upbeat
Notes: sanguinary  means accompanied by bloodshed or eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed, while sanguine  means confidently optimistic and cheerful or inclined to a healthy reddish color
Antonyms: depressed, pessimistic, sad, unhappy
Conversation via text with friend using sanguine:
Me:  If today’s weather was a stuffed animal, I would have to squeeze it to death.  Happy Monday! 🙂
Friend:  Yes, very nice out.  It almost turned this old curmudgeon into a sanguine young buck, full of life and vigor… almost.
Me:  That’s a mighty big almost!
And, here’s a sentence using a word that shares the same ‘sanguis’ (blood) root:
The exsanguination of her face confirmed my suspicion that she had seen a ghost from her past at the block party.

About Heather.B

I'm a thirty-something (how did I get so old?!) esthetician (Jan 2009), soon-to-add holistic services (Jan 2013), and then onto business school with a few more endeavors in the works. Stayed tuned though as this changes often. I call it "what-to-be-when-I'm-a-grown-up ADD" - but here's a great quote of encouragement if you're similar in nature: “The experience of centering was one I particularly sought because I thought of myself as dispersed, interested in too many things. I envied people who were ‘single-minded,’ who had one powerful talent and who knew when they got up in the morning what it was they had to do. Whereas I, wherever I turned, felt the enchantment: to the window for the sweetness of the air; to the door for the passing figures; to the teapot, the typewriter, the knitting needles, the pets, the pottery, the newspaper, the telephone. Wherever I looked I could have lived. It took me half my life to come to believe I was okay even if I did love experience in a loose and undiscriminating way and did not know for sure the difference between good and bad. My struggles to accept my nature were the struggles of centering.” – [from Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person by Mary Caroline Richards] I'm a lover of animals (especially my bird and cat), my niece and nephew (and #3 on HER way), and plants; an avid crochet-er (and other crafty things), amateur photographer, baker extraordinaire, dreamer of travels far away (camping and road trips settle me for now), searcher of different music, and beloved daughter of The King. Add in a penchant for being taught new things, and you've got a good idea of what you're dealing with here. I, also, have an endocrine disorder (PCOS) that causes me to have a low carb diet and an insatiable appetite for holistic health (along with a big butt) - I console myself with the reminder that there are worse things, like being eaten by an alligator. Lastly, I've found I get bored easily and procrastinate like it's my job. So who knows how steadily I'll contribute to this. Welcome! If you choose to read this, I've warned you fairly ;), and I really hope you enjoy the variety of my life. Please send me a note and let me know about you!

2 responses to “[w.o.w.] sanguine”

  1. moses11 says :

    Haha I love this post! Especially your examples of it’s use. It’s funny, I have used both versions but never made the connection…

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