Definition of saturnine:
- Born under, or influenced by, the planet Saturn.
- Heavy; grave; gloomy; dull; - the opposite of mercurial; as, a saturnine person or temper.
- Of or pertaining to lead; characterized by, or resembling, lead, which was formerly called Saturn.
- 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"
lowering, sour, dark-skinned, rancid, black, dismal, drear, sinister, surly, solemn, off, turned, temperamental, dull, unyielding, forbidding, drab, obscure, blue, glum, ill-natured, moody, happy, dogged, sluggish, gloomy, dingy, benighted, sulky, passive, off-key, tenacious, sarcastic, morose, taciturn, grave, pertinacious, disconsolate, threatening, glowering, dark, grim, dreary, coloured, false, dour, sullen, heavy, non-white, persistent, sorry.
When Heathcliff came in, looking restless and anxious, he sent her to the kitchen to get her dinner with Joseph; and with the master of the house, grim and saturnine, and Hareton absolutely dumb, I made a cheerless meal, and bade adieu early.- "The Worlds Greatest Books Vol. II: Fiction", Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds..
" He does promise one," replied Samson; " but he says he has not found it, nor does he know who has got it; and we cannot say whether it will appear or not; and so, on that head, as some say that no second part has ever been good, and others that enough has been already written about Don Quixote, it is thought there will be no second part; though some, who are jovial rather than saturnine, say, 'Let us have more Quixotades, let Don Quixote charge and Sancho chatter, and no matter what it may turn out, we shall be satisfied with that.- "The History of Don Quixote, Volume II., Complete", Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
- "Some Experiences of an Irish R.M.", E. OE. Somerville Martin Ross.