sangfroid

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See also: sang-froid and sang froid
Composure under pressure

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Etymology[edit]

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

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  • IPA(key): /sɑŋˈfɹɑ/
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Noun[edit]

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”, in American Scientist[1], 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.
    Synonyms: aplomb, poise, unflappability

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