Definition of sangfroid in English:

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Pronunciation: /säNGˈfrwä/


Composure or coolness, sometimes excessive, as shown in danger or under trying circumstances.
Example sentences
  • Offering the most welcoming stage for the talented, the city with equal sangfroid accepts the misery of millions who fail to flourish.
  • His burgeoning running power and growing sangfroid when presented with openings which his fizzing forwards have engineered have allowed him to ratchet up his game several notches over the past six months.
  • He did not expect his readers literally to become highwaymen, or even lady-killers; but he did expect them to identify with his courage, audacity and sangfroid.
composure, equanimity, self-possession, equilibrium, aplomb, poise, self-assurance, self-control, nerve, calm, presence of mind
informal cool, unflappability


Mid 18th century: from French sang-froid, literally 'cold blood'.

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Syllabification: sang·froid

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