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sang-froid

[French sahn-frwa] /French sɑ̃ˈfrwa/
noun
1.
coolness of mind; calmness; composure:
They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < French: literally, cold blood
Synonyms
self-possession, poise, equanimity, self-control, nerve, courage, steadiness.
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British Dictionary definitions for sang-froid

sang-froid

/French sɑ̃frwa/
noun
1.
composure; self-possession; calmness
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: cold blood
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Word Origin and History for sang-froid
n.

"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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