Word Origin See more synonyms for saturnine on Thesaurus.com sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn. suffering from lead poisoning, as a person. due to absorption of lead, as bodily disorders. Origin of saturnine 1400–50; late Middle English
Medieval Latin sāturnīnus
Related forms 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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British Dictionary definitions for saturninity having a gloomy temperament; taciturn archaic of or relating to lead having or symptomatic of lead poisoning Derived Forms saturninely, adverb saturninity ( ˌsætəˈnɪnɪtɪ), noun Word Origin
C15: from French
saturnin, from Medieval Latin sāturnīnus (unattested), from Latin Sāturnus Saturn, with reference to the gloomy influence attributed to the planet Saturn
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Word Origin and History for saturninity saturnine adj.
"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.
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saturnine (săt ′ər-nīn′) Melancholy or sullen. Produced by absorption of lead.
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