Definitions

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

Etymologies

Saturn +‎ -ine (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • But there is something in the whole crew, jovial or saturnine, which is found nowhere else, and which, whether in full splendour as in Shakespere, or in occasional glimmers as in

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  • The five or six cantos, at the opening, have all the milk of human nature that entered into the composition of that miscalled saturnine mind.

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  • Bonus points for casual use of the word "saturnine," however.

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  • Her husband, joining us when she was in full tide of eloquence, smiled at me with a kind of saturnine mirth.

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  • His passion for newspapers comes through in his film "Deadline-U.S.A." 1952, with Humphrey Bogart as a both saturnine and driven editor.

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  • Jerry, began to grow saturnine, and peevish, and ill-tempered.

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  • Texan, was unusually friendly for one with a saturnine disposition, and, as long as his theory that gold grew was not challenged, was quite companionable.

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  • Saturate plus one.

    March 22, 2014

  • I love this word because it always makes me envision a gloomy landscape on Saturn.

    March 11, 2011

  • Sluggish in temprament???

    July 24, 2009

  • Merci beaucoup
    (I am pleased as punch)

    August 28, 2008

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    August 28, 2008

  • May this word be used in reference to weather?
    Ex: a saturnine wind

    August 28, 2008