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saturnine

Syllabification: sat·ur·nine
Pronunciation: /ˈsadərˌnīn
 
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Definition of saturnine in English:

adjective

1(Of a person or their manner) slow and gloomy: a saturnine temperament
More example sentences
  • Perrault's ‘Bluebeard’ is the story of a rich, middle-aged gentleman, named for his swarthy chin and saturnine manner, who marries a young woman.
  • A brusque, saturnine figure, Wilbur has attempted suicide by every possible means but has yet to succeed.
  • Then she simply stays in bed all the following day, drinking tea, eating chocolates and reading about strong-jawed, saturnine heroes and almond-eyed heiresses disguised as pageboys.
Synonyms
gloomy, somber, melancholy, moody, lugubrious, dour, glum, morose, unsmiling, humorless
1.1(Of a person or their features) dark in coloring and moody or mysterious: his saturnine face and dark, watchful eyes
More example sentences
  • The smile has returned to Craig's saturnine features.
  • Dark and saturnine, he is a strong screen presence with natural brooding ability, and he holds things steady when a last-ditch attempt to end on a thrill causes the film to falter.
  • He was a bright boy from Yorkshire with a dark and saturnine look and laconic manner, and he was already writing strong verse.
Synonyms
mysterious, mercurial, moody, brooding
1.2(Of a place or an occasion) gloomy.

Origin

late Middle English (as a term in astrology): from Old French saturnin, from medieval Latin Saturninus 'of Saturn' (identified with lead by the alchemists and associated with slowness and gloom by astrologers).

Derivatives

saturninely

1
adverb

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