(About This Post because of This Question.)

Guys you’re killing me. I need sources for the definition if you’re going to tell me it means “optimism”!

sanguineous (adj):
  1. of, pertaining to, or containing blood.
  2. of the color of blood.
  3. involving much bloodshed.
  4. sanguine; confident.
sanguineous (adj): gory; accompanied by bloodshed; “this bitter and sanguinary war”
Sanguine: The sanguine temperament is fundamentally impulsive and pleasure-seeking; sanguine people are sociable and charismatic. They tend to enjoy social gatherings, making new friends and tend to be boisterous. They are usually quite creative and often daydream. However, some alone time is crucial for those of this temperament. Sanguine can also mean sensitive, compassionate and romantic. Sanguine personalities generally struggle with following tasks all the way through, are chronically late, and tend to be forgetful and sometimes a little sarcastic. Often, when they pursue a new hobby, they lose interest as soon as it ceases to be engaging or fun. They are very much people persons. They are talkative and not shy. Sanguines generally have an almost shameless nature, certain that what they are doing is right. They have no lack of confidence. Sanguine people are warm-hearted, pleasant, lively and optimistic. (x)

NOTE FROM C: This seems like the type of definition that would need to be put into context to make sense. At least to me.

P.S. Try not to talk to me like I’m a petulant toddler because I don’t know this definition of the word. Not really helpful.


Messages that have been useful in my understanding of this ridiculous word:

carlisledenmaine added: Actually, it’s totally possible for it to mean optimistic. Sanguine was oftentimes used in relation to the humor, which referred to a case where you had too much blood in your body. This was believed to make you optimistic and idealistic. Look up for 4 humors for more information.

Anonymous added: Sanguine is a weird word. It does mean bloody. But it also means cheerfully optimistic, so you were right the first time.

sotto-belle added: Re: Anonymous - the word “sanguine” refers to one of the Four Temperaments, an extension of the Greek notion of the Four Humors of the body: black bile, yellow bile, mucus, and blood. A person who had a surplus of blood (hence, sanguine) was thought to be more cheerful, hopeful, and overall optimistic than others. “Sanguineous” can refer to both the figurative excess of blood described above, or the literal excess which Anon must have imagined upon seeing the word.

ladyofsandwiches added: It is archaic; it has to do with Medieval/Renaissance medicine and the “humours” of the body. It should have died out by now, but some people still use it in that context. Although I saw that you already edited the post again, so, here, have some history. Keep up the great work!

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    I love the four humours and their personality types!
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    Holy crap, I’m a reference!
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  14. jdragsky said: wait i just misunderstood sorry if i was the one who sounded like i was talking to you like a toddler im really sorry because that wasnt my intention weh i just like explaining things
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  18. aknightlight said: I think it means optimistic, because in the Renaissance, when people believed that humors affected your health and personality, someone with too much blood/too much of the sanguine humor was hyper and cheerful and happy.