sanguine

If you're sanguine about a situation, that means you're optimistic that everything's going to work out fine.

Sanguine is from Latin sanguis "blood" and originally meant "bloody" — in medieval medicine it described someone whose ruddy complexion was a sign of an optimistic outlook. That was back when people thought that "bodily humors" like blood were responsible for your attitudes. Now that we no longer believe in humors, sanguine has settled down as a fancy way to say someone is cheerfully confident. Experts are frequently described as feeling sanguine about a political or economic situation — or not sanguine, if they think we're going to hell in a handbasket.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: sanguine

1
adj
confidently optimistic and cheerful
2
adjn
inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
a blood-red color
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: sanguine
1

adj confidently optimistic and cheerful

Synonyms
optimistic
expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds
2

adj inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life

“a fresh and sanguine complexion”
Synonyms:
florid, rubicund, ruddy
healthy
having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease

n a blood-red color

Type of:
red, redness
red color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood
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