Examples from the Web for saturnine
Aurora could see the flashes of his wit illuminating Sir John's saturnine countenance.
The chief alone preserved a gloomy and saturnine expression.The Wings of the Morning|Louis Tracy
He came forth from her chamber with his dark, saturnine face all flushed.The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3|George Augustus Sala
The saturnine Pedro entered with some wonderful crusted port, and Colonel Menendez offered cigars.Bat Wing|Sax Rohmer
He reappeared—a saturnine silent man—as suddenly as he had gone away.The Moon Rock|Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for saturnine
- of or relating to lead
- having or symptomatic of lead poisoning
Word Origin for saturnine
Word Origin and History for saturnine
"gloomy, morose, sluggish, grave," mid-15c., literally "born under the influence of the planet Saturn," from Middle English Saturne (see Saturn) + -ine (1). Medieval physiology believed these characteristics to be caused by the astrological influence of the planet Saturn, which was the most remote from the Sun (in the limited knowledge of the times) and thus coldest and slowest in its revolution.