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He had been one of the few as sanguine as Percival—and Blythe's manner now reassured him.

Even the most sanguine now gave her up for lost, including the owners.

Mainwaring was of a sanguine disposition, with fiery temper.

He was sanguine in all his hopes, and rapid, but not unthinking, in all his decisions.

Birnie is sanguine as ever; but he is a terrible sort of comforter!

This day's enquiries partly revives my hopes, but I am far from sanguine.

He was not sanguine, and a French pessimist is the worst thing of the kind that is to be found.

I have not felt so happy for many months—but I will not be too sanguine.

The good general will add a line to assure you that I am not deceived, nor too sanguine.

You are too sanguine; you must not expect to succeed without a little opposition.

WORD ORIGIN

"blood-red," late 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French sanguin (fem. sanguine), from Latin sanguineus "of blood," also "bloody, bloodthirsty," from sanguis (genitive sanguinis) "blood" (see sanguinary). Meaning "cheerful, hopeful, confident" first attested c.1500, because these qualities were thought in medieval physiology to spring from an excess of blood as one of the four humors. Also in Middle English as a noun, "type of red cloth" (early 14c.).

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