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meanings of sanguine


  1. Bloodthirsty.
  2. Having the colour of blood; blood red.
  3. Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood.
  4. Having a bodily constitution characterised by a preponderance of blood over the other bodily humours, thought to be marked by irresponsible mirth; indulgent in pleasure to the exclusion of important matters.
  5. Anticipating the best; optimistic; confident; full of hope.
  6. Warm; ardent.
  7. Full of blood; bloody.


  1. A tincture, seldom used, of a blood-red colour (not to be confused with murrey).
  2. Red crayon.
  3. Bloodstone.
  4. Blood colour; red.
  5. Anything of a blood-red colour, as cloth.


  1. To stain with blood; to impart the colour of blood to; to ensanguine.