Definitions

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  • n. composure, self-possession or imperturbability especially when in a dangerous situation

Etymologies

French sang ("blood") + froid ("cold") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The question for entrepreneurs — at whom this book, with its admirable sangfroid, is aimed — is: Why do some New Luxury products explode, while others belly-flop harder than a plunging Cadillac Cimarron?

    Burgher Deluxe

  • In the weeks and months following Laird's arrival, Padnos watched as Laird developed a kind of sangfroid in his new role as a criminal.

    The Apocalypse of Adolescence

  • Wilson should not be ignorant, as he really would have been, of this timely service on the part of Mesty, who certainly, although with a great deal of "sangfroid" in his composition when in repose, was a fiend incarnate when his blood was up.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy

  • There to lend a sympathetic ear - when she's not busy piercing it herself with alarming sangfroid - is roomie Rebecca Meester, a troubled little rich girl who latches on to Sara with the carefully calibrated ardor of a well-seasoned stalker.

    'Roommate' movie review: Don't move in with Leighton Meester

  • As a result, although its self-marketing subtly sells a kind of sleek, mid-last-century Concorde-flying sangfroid, The Economist has reached its current level of influence and importance because it is, in every sense of the word, a true global digest for an age when the amount of undigested, undigestible information online continues to metastasize.

    The Newsweekly’s Last Stand

  • Black handled the episode with admirable sangfroid, deciding to consider the attempt an exercise to see how al-Qaeda was running its operations.

    The Longest War

  • I am emotional, but in a battle I have an unimaginable sangfroid.

    Carlos the Jackal receives second life sentence

  • Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open champion in another all-Russian final, channeled the same sangfroid she experienced five years ago to win the French Open on Saturday — her second major trophy — with atypically nerve-free tennis.

    Kuznetsova wastes no time in topping Safina for French title

  • Mortimer, Deschanel and Banks each have a different kind of energy that can't penetrate Rudd's sangfroid and thus leads to comedic short-circuiting on the women's parts.

    Marshall Fine: HuffPost Review: Our Idiot Brother

  • Pegg is meant to be Cruise's comic sidekick, frustrating his super-cool sangfroid with his incessant jabbering.

    Marshall Fine: Movie Review: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

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  • This is also a favorite of Jack Vance.

    January 5, 2012

  • sang froid... cold blood

    June 8, 2011

  • BAAA-hahaha!

    January 3, 2010

  • *sings* "Here comes Sangfroid, here comes Sangfroid, right down Sangfroid Lane!"

    January 2, 2010

  • Also see sang-froid.

    September 9, 2009

  • Found it again, in the very first chapter of "Michael Strogoff."

    September 9, 2009

  • appearing unflappable

    June 21, 2009

  • See also the conversation (or the conversation to which the conversation deteriorated) on sanguine. Or here.

    June 12, 2009

  • Coolness and composure, especially in trying circumstances

    June 11, 2009

  • Apparently a favorite of Jules Verne, or at least his translators, describing sundry characters, by my remembrance, in "From the Earth to the Moon", "Around the Moon", "Journey to the Center of the Earth", "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", "The Mysterious Island", and "In Search of the Castaways". There very well may be more.

    March 21, 2009