Adjective "saturnine" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person or their manner) gloomy.
  1. 'The most eccentric classics teacher at our school - whom I shall call Mrs Penny - had arrived with a male companion who was intriguingly scruffy and saturnine.'
  2. '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.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'We drove home in an uncomfortable silence, Grandma sensing my saturnine mood.'
  5. 'There's something mysterious, worn-in, and sad about this place, something that corresponds to Jarmusch's saturnine, knowing outlook.'
  6. 'his saturnine face and dark, watchful eyes'
  7. 'He was a bright boy from Yorkshire with a dark and saturnine look and laconic manner, and he was already writing strong verse.'
  8. 'The smile has returned to Craig's saturnine features.'
Relating to lead.


    1. sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn.

    2. suffering from lead poisoning, as a person.

    3. due to absorption of lead, as bodily disorders.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "faces can be saturnine."

    "temperamentses can be saturnine."

    "temperaments can be saturnine."

    "sirens can be saturnine."

    "people can be saturnine."

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    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).