sangfroid

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  • IPA(key): /sɑŋˈfɹwɑd/, /sɑŋˈfɹwa/

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Borrowing from French sang-froid, from sang ‎(blood) + froid ‎(cold)

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sangfroid ‎(usually uncountable, plural sangfroids)

  1. Composure, self-possession or imperturbability especially when in a dangerous situation.
    • 2013 January 1, Brian Hayes, “Father of Fractals”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 62: 
      Toward the end of the war, Benoit was sent off on his own with forged papers; he wound up working as a horse groom at a chalet in the Loire valley. Mandelbrot describes this harrowing youth with great sangfroid.
    He handled the stressful situation with great sangfroid.

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