I received an email from a client that he was 'sanguine' with the offer made. I understand he felt positive about the prospects of the offer as mentioned in various English language dictionaries. Similarly, is it acceptable to use something like "I adore your sanguine attitude and approach in dealing with..."?

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    When you checked definitions of the word, what did you find?
    – user888379
    Feb 19, 2022 at 21:25
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    – Anton
    Feb 19, 2022 at 21:41
  • Is it ok to use something like "I adore your sanguine attitude and approach dealing with..."
    – RanonKahn
    Feb 19, 2022 at 22:08
  • Welcome! 1) Instead of adding information through comments, please edit the question itself so that it shows that you’ve looked the word up and what you found, but also 2) it sounds like your question is mainly about context. Please give the full context of the usage, if the question is whether it was appropriate. Feb 19, 2022 at 22:54
  • Adore is definitely not the right word in this context. Apart from its literal meaning of worship, it is used in the context of personal feelings. I would suggest appreciate. Feb 20, 2022 at 8:52

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Sanguine is an odd word. It has fallen out of use in English and has meanings other than pleased or cheerful related to redness, blood, and temperament. It’s probably unfamiliar to most readers or would seem formal and stilted, so there may be no good time and place to use it.

See this NGram. https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=sanguine%2Cpleased&year_start=1800&year_end=2019&corpus=26&smoothing=3&direct_url=t1%3B%2Csanguine%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cpleased%3B%2Cc0

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