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[French sahn-frwa] /French sɑ̃ˈfrwa/
coolness of mind; calmness; composure:
They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid.
Origin of sang-froid
1740-50; < French: literally, cold blood
self-possession, poise, equanimity, self-control, nerve, courage, steadiness. Unabridged
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  • She was impressed enormously by his sangfroid and will to rule the roost.

    Carnac's Folly, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • But she feared to face the experience alone; she did not trust her own sangfroid.

  • In her dealings with her fellow-creatures she exhibits all the sangfroid and self-possession that mark the modern child.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • Her aplomb, her sangfroid, astounded Mr. Prohack—and relieved him.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • And the public laugh at the lively sally, and admire the sangfroid of the wit!

  • The play exercises memory, judgment, sangfroid, and other good qualities of the mind.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for sangfroid


/French sɑ̃frwa/
composure; self-possession; calmness
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: cold blood
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Word Origin and History for sangfroid



"presence of mind, composure," 1712, from French sang froid, literally "cool blood," from sang "blood" (from Latin sanguis; see sanguinary) + froid "cold" (from Latin frigidus; see frigid).

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sangfroid in Culture
sangfroid [(sahn-frwah, sahn-fwah)]

Composure in the face of difficulty or danger: “We would all be dead today if our bus driver hadn't kept his sangfroid when the bus began to skid on the ice.” From French, meaning “cold blood.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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