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Meaning of sanguine

san•guine

Pronunciation: (sang'gwin), [key]
— adj.
  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. a reddish-purple tincture.
—n.
  1. a red iron-oxide crayon used in making drawings.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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