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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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  • Although more violent and impetuous in his love, man loses his sang-froid on the whole much less than woman.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • His weakness had passed; his sang-froid had returned; he would now reflect.

    The Honor of the Name Emile Gaboriau
  • But Chauvelin, after that first moment of almost superstitious fear, had quickly recovered his sang-froid.

    El Dorado Baroness Orczy
  • I must congratulate you upon the sang-froid with which you speak of your infamies.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • Claire was still under the spell of her own emotion, and she resented Lawrence's sang-froid.

    Claire Leslie Burton Blades
  • The test had brought back the sang-froid of the man of the world.

    The Woman Gives Owen Johnson
  • Little by little he recovered his sang-froid, looking at matters from the lofty heights of his artist's philosophy.

  • Herbert's courage was superb, and the reporter's sang-froid astonishing.

    The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
  • His sang-froid kept every one in order, and each man landed with a sword or an ax in his hand.

    The Forty-Five Guardsmen Alexandre Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for sang-froid


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

"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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