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Sangfroid

[sahng-FRWA]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, mid 18th century

1.

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

Examples of Sangfroid in a sentence

"Brad displayed remarkable sangfroid as he sized up the tough decisions ahead."

"Sarah’s mother kept sangfroid as she dealt with the fender-bender accident."

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About Sangfroid

"Sangfroid” comes from the French “sang-froid,” meaning cold blood.”

Did you Know?

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 cool headedness in the face of difficulty.

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