Sanguinary vs Sanguine - What's the difference?

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Sanguine is a related term of sanguinary.

Sanguinary is a related term of sanguine.

As adjectives the difference between sanguinary and sanguine

is that sanguinary is attended with bloodshed while sanguine is having the colour of blood; red.

As nouns the difference between sanguinary and sanguine

is that sanguinary is a bloodthirsty person while sanguine is blood colour; red.

As a verb sanguine is

to stain with blood; to impart the colour of blood to; to ensanguine.




(en adjective)
  • (label) Attended with bloodshed.
  • * 1625 , , "Unity in Religion" (Google preview):
  • We may not propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences.
  • * 1887 , :
  • " every one of which took its rise from some noble family that succeeded in grasping the purple after a sanguinary struggle."
  • (label) Eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.
  • * :
  • Passion makes us brutal and sanguinary .
  • * 1877 , Samuel Green, The Life of Mahomet: Founder of the Religion of Islamism and of the Empire of the Saracens with Notices of the History of Islamism and of Arabia , p. 126:
  • "The defence set up for Mahomet is equally availing for every sanguinary and revengeful tyrant; "
  • (label) Consisting of, covered with, or similar in appearance to blood.
  • * 1913 , :
  • Here is the premeditation, the thrill, the strain of accumulating victory or disaster—and no smashed nor sanguinary bodies , that we who are old enough to remember a real modern war know to be the reality of belligerence.

    Usage notes

    * Not to be confused with (sanguine). (term) means “optimistic”, while (term) means “bloodthirsty, gory”.


    * (attended with bloodshed) bloody, gory * (eager to shed blood) bloodthirsty, bloody-minded, butcherous, slaughterous * bloody, gory


  • A bloodthirsty person.
  • The plant yarrow, or herba sanguinaria .
  • sanguine


    (en adjective)
  • Having the colour of blood; red.
  • (obsolete, physiology) Having a bodily constitution characterised by a preponderance of blood over the other bodily humours, thought to be marked by irresponsible mirth; indulgent in pleasure to the exclusion of important matters.
  • * 1592 — Shakespeare, iv 2
  • What, what, ye sanguine , shallow-hearted boys!
  • * 1597 — Shakespeare, ii 4
  • I'll be no longer guilty of this sin; this sanguine coward, this
    bed-presser, this horse-back-breaker, this huge hill of flesh.
  • Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood.
  • a sanguine bodily temperament
  • Warm; ardent.
  • a sanguine temper
  • Anticipating the best; optimistic; not despondent; confident; full of hope.
  • * 1857 , , Volume the Second, page 79 (ISBN 1857150570)
  • It was clear that Dr. Gwynne was not very sanguine as to the effects of his journey to Barchester, and not over anxious to interfere with the bishop.
    sanguine of success

    Usage notes

    Not to be confused with sanguinary.


    * animated * assured * bright * bullish * buoyant * cheerful * cheery * confident * hopeful * optimistic * positive * red * spirited * upbeat


    * gloomy * pessimistic * blue


    (en noun)
  • Blood colour; red.
  • Anything of a blood-red colour, as cloth.
  • (tincture) A tincture, seldom used, of a blood-red colour (not to be confused with murrey).
  • Bloodstone.
  • Red crayon. See the Note under crayon, 1.
  • Verb

  • To stain with blood; to impart the colour of blood to; to ensanguine.
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