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(in medieval science and medicine) of or having the constitution associated with the predominance of blood among the bodily humours, supposedly marked by a ruddy complexion and an optimistic disposition; the modern use of sanguine to mean cheerfully optimistic derives from this.

In heraldry, sanguine is the name for a blood-red stain used in blazoning.

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