Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or involving blood or bloodshed.
  • adj. Having the color of blood; blood-red.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Accompanied by bloodshed; bloody
  • adj. Eager for bloody violence; bloodthirsty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abounding with blood; sanguine.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to blood; bloody; constituting blood.
  • adj. Blood-red; crimson.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to blood; bloody.
  • Of a deep-red or crimson color; specifically, in zoology and botany, of a deep, somewhat brownish, red color, like the color of clotted blood.
  • Possessing a circulatory system; having blood.
  • A bounding with blood; having a full habit; plethoric.
  • Having a sanguine temperament; ardent; hopeful; confident.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. accompanied by bloodshed

Etymologies

From Latin sanguineus, from sanguis, sanguin-, blood.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sanguineus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If you're looking to de-ironify your 2008 Ricco portrait, you may want to hang this next to it as an overly earnest and sanguineous symbol of redemption.

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  • If I see oxtail, I think of braising; if I see sirloin, I think of frying in all its sanguineous glory, please.

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  • And I find a sanguineous one especially offensive, regardless of whether the blood was the result of a crash, the manifestation of Fixed-gear Apocalypse-related stigmata, or even the aftermath of the rare but documented phenomenon of man-struation.

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  • But he had intermarried with a branch of the Stiltstalkings, who were also better endowed in a sanguineous point of view than with real or personal property, and of this marriage there had been issue, Barnacle junior and three young ladies.

    Little Dorrit

  • Setting a sanguineous course in their reckless pursuit of wealth and power, they have afflicted humankind with their perverse agenda.

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  • What did he know of the Ecole Romantique, and these jeunes gens with their Marie Tudors and Tours de Nesle, and sanguineous histories of queens who sewed their lovers into sacks, emperors who had interviews with robber captains in

    The Newcomes

  • Our government is still dominated by sadistic narcissists who shamelessly mask their avaricious, sanguineous agenda with noble words like freedom, democracy, and liberty.

    El Pais de las Pesadillas

  • But the female is opposite to the male, and is female because of its inability to concoct and of the coldness of the sanguineous nutriment.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • All the vivipara are sanguineous, and the sanguinea are either viviparous or oviparous, except those which are altogether infertile.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • But both the secretion of the male and the catamenia of the female are of a sanguineous nature, and the first principle of this blood and of the blood-vessels is the heart, and the heart is in this part of the body.

    On the Generation of Animals

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