Friday, January 2, 2015

Amazing Words: Sanguine


Each week, I’m going to present an amazing word. A word that has a double meaning either directly or perhaps through origin, where is has evolved into a new meaning, or carries a wonderful Onomatopoeic effect.


This week my amazing word is:

SANGUINE



Sanguine is a deliciously contrary word, bloodthirsty or optimistic, bloodred and ruddy or confident. Sanguine is a six hundred years old word meaning of blood; however, the meaning "cheerful, hopeful, confident" first attested because these qualities were thought in medieval physiology to spring from an excess of blood.


Example


Annabel, the high school prom queen, had a sanguine disposition, happy, confident, and, as Jane was to soon discover, mercilessly violent.