from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the temperament of one born under the supposed astrological influence of Saturn.
  • adj. Melancholy or sullen.
  • adj. Having or marked by a tendency to be bitter or sardonic: a saturnine expression on his face.
  • adj. Produced by absorption of lead.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or born under Saturn's influence
  • adj. containing lead, or suffering from lead poisoning (saturnia)
  • adj. cold and slow to change and react (refers to mood)
  • adj. gloomy, depressed, dull
  • adj. sardonic, bitter, disdainful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Born under, or influenced by, the planet Saturn.
  • adj. Heavy; grave; gloomy; dull; -- the opposite of mercurial.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to lead; characterized by, or resembling, lead, which was formerly called Saturn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the god Saturn or the planet Saturn; under the influence of the planet Saturn.
  • [lowercase] Morose; dull; heavy; grave; not readily susceptible to excitement or cheerfulness; phlegmatic.
  • [lowercase] Arousing no interest; stupid; dull; uninteresting.
  • [lowercase] In old chemistry, pertaining to lead: as, saturnine compounds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. bitter or scornful
  • adj. showing a brooding ill humor


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