sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn.
suffering from lead poisoning, as a person.
due to absorption of lead, as bodily disorders.
- sat·ur·nine·ly, adverb
- sat·ur·nine·ness, sat·ur·nin·i·ty [sat-er-nin-i-tee], /ˌsæt ərˈnɪn ɪ ti/, noun
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How to use saturnine in a sentence
He was a slim saturnine-faced man with cigaret-ash stain on a coat lapel.
The dark, saturnine stranger had shrunk away into the background of his life, and no longer seemed of importance to him.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
I saw him as he strode through the little village, looking neither to right nor left, saturnine of countenance.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
And by the door stood Billy, watching them all like an evil spirit, with a leer of saturnine malice on his evil face.Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
The driver, a lean saturnine man who seemed to be forever chewing gum, began to prepare coffee.Security | Poul William Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for saturnine
having a gloomy temperament; taciturn
of or relating to lead
having or symptomatic of lead poisoning
- saturninely, adverb
- saturninity (ˌsætəˈnɪnɪtɪ), noun
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