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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. bitter or scornful;
- Example: "the face was saturnine and swarthy, and the sensual lips...twisted with disdain"- Oscar Wilde

2. showing a brooding ill humor;
- Example: "a dark scowl"
- Example: "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"
- Example: "a glum, hopeless shrug"
- Example: "he sat in moody silence"
- Example: "a morose and unsociable manner"
- Example: "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven
- Example: "a sour temper"
- Example: "a sullen crowd"
[syn: dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Saturnine \Sat"ur*nine\, a. [L. Saturnus the god Saturn, also, the planet Saturn: cf. F. saturnin of or pertaining to lead (Saturn, in old chemistry, meaning lead), saturnien saturnine, saturnian. See Saturn.] 1. Born under, or influenced by, the planet Saturn. [1913 Webster] 2. Heavy; grave; gloomy; dull; -- the opposite of mercurial; as, a saturnine person or temper. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. (Old Chem.) Of or pertaining to lead; characterized by, or resembling, lead, which was formerly called Saturn. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Saturnine colic (Med.), lead colic. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

saturnine adj 1: bitter or scornful; "the face was saturnine and swarthy, and the sensual lips...twisted with disdain"- Oscar Wilde 2: showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd" [syn: dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

34 Moby Thesaurus words for "saturnine": black, bleak, crabbed, dark, dismal, dour, drear, drearisome, dreary, funebrial, funereal, gloomy, glum, grave, gray, grim, moping, morose, reserved, serious, silent, solemn, somber, sombrous, staid, sulky, surly, taciturn, triste, ugly, uncommunicative, weariful, wearisome, weary