[ sat-er-nahyn ]
/ ˈsæt ərˌnaɪn /
sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn.
suffering from lead poisoning, as a person.
due to absorption of lead, as bodily disorders.
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OTHER WORDS FROM saturninesat·ur·nine·ly, adverbsat·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
/ (ˈsætəˌnaɪn) /
having a gloomy temperament; taciturn
- of or relating to lead
- having or symptomatic of lead poisoning
Derived forms of saturninesaturninely, adverbsaturninity (ˌsætəˈnɪnɪtɪ), noun
Word Origin for saturnine
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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Medical definitions for saturninity
[ săt′ər-nīn′ ]
Melancholy or sullen.
Produced by absorption of lead.
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