Definitions

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

Etymologies

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Coolness and composure, especially in trying circumstances

    June 11, 2009

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

    June 12, 2009

  • appearing unflappable

    June 21, 2009

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

    September 9, 2009

  • Also see sang-froid.

    September 9, 2009

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

    January 2, 2010

  • BAAA-hahaha!

    January 3, 2010

  • sang froid... cold blood

    June 8, 2011

  • This is also a favorite of Jack Vance.

    January 5, 2012