V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: having a cheerfully optimistic temperament or outlook--hopeful

Synonyms: upbeat, optimistic, positive, hopeful, expectant, enthusiastic, cheerful

Antonyms: hopeless, pessimistic

Tips: The archaic meaning of sanguine is a person of "ruddy complexion and temperament." Sanguine can also refer to something of a blood-red color. Sanguine has come to denote the characteristics of a person dominated by cheerful humor, one who is confidently positive. Think of someone with a "rosy" outlook in life. If you are sanguine, life is as pleasant as red roses. For a memory trick, note how sanguine sounds like "sang & win" combined. Now, imagine an "American Idol" candidate who just gave the best performance of her life. She is sanguine (optimistic, enthusiastic) because she just sang and hopes she will win.

Usage Examples:

The resort trained its human resources staff to choose employees with sanguine personalities. (upbeat, cheerful)

Stock traders remained sanguine despite reduced profit margins. (optimistic, expectant)

His sanguine outlook on life, even during difficult times, kept him young and carefree. (positive, optimistic)

Her sanguine attitude won her many friends and admirers. (upbeat, enthusiastic, cheerful)

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