2. [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.
2. Heavy; grave; gloomy; dull; -- the opposite of
mercurial; as, a saturnine person or temper. --Addison.
3. (Old Chem.) Of or pertaining to lead; characterized by, or
resembling, lead, which was formerly called Saturn.
Saturnine colic (Med.), lead colic.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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,
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