Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday's Word - Sangfroid

Sangfroid

Pronounced as: sang-froyd
Definition: (n) self-possession or imperturbability especially under strain
Synonyms: aplomb, composure, countenance, placidity, tranquility
Antonyms: agitation, disquiet, uneasiness, worry

This word came to me through a comment left on the Wednesday's Word post two weeks ago.  This word is of French origin and literally means "cold blood."

Sample Use:
Arms tied behind her, Desdemona shows no pain.  Her sangfroid mistaken for guilt.  Flames lick at her waist. She whispers to the fire.  They scream.

Your turn:  Show me in the comments how you might use this word in your own writing.  As an added challenge, try your hand at a piece of hint fiction (a piece of fiction in 25 words our less that hints to something bigger).

Source:  Merriam-Webster.com

2 comments:

  1. Cool word, and new to me as well.

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  2. "Sangfroid," she thinks, watching him detach the IV, cutting off the flow to the vein. It's just his job. But somehow she thinks his hands should move more reverently.

    Well, I got it down to 30 words, if not 25!

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