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Thursday, December 09, 1999

Definitions for sang-froid

  1. Freedom from agitation or excitement of mind; coolness in trying circumstances; calmness.

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Citations for sang-froid
The Treasury Secretary's sang-froid in moments of crisis. , New York Times
Both men were mightily impressed by the calmness of the Americans on board, particularly among the women. "I had, during my sojourn in America," Beaumont said later, "a thousand occasions to see the sang-froid of the American." Michael Kammen, New York Times
Origin of sang-froid
1740-1750
Sang-froid is from the French; it literally means "cold blood" (sang, "blood" + froid, "cold").
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