Sangfroid

Sangfroid

säNGˈfrwä

Noun

  • Composure or coolness, sometimes excessive, as shown in danger or under trying circumstances.
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Example Sentences

“Brad displayed remarkable sangfroid as he sized up his options.”

“Sarah’s mother held onto her sangfroid as she dealt with the fender-bender accident.”

“The visiting team showed sangfroid even though the crowd didn’t have any of their supporters.”

Word Origin

French, mid-18th century

Why this word?

“Sangfroid” is an example of a loanword taken directly from French. Its literal translation is “cold blood,” but in English, it’s used as a figurative expression of composure or coolheadedness in the face of difficulty.

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