Definition of Saturnine

1. Adjective. Bitter or scornful. "The face was saturnine and swarthy, and the sensual lips...twisted with disdain"

Similar to: Sarcastic



2. Adjective. Showing a brooding ill humor. "A sullen crowd"

Definition of Saturnine

1. a. Born under, or influenced by, the planet Saturn.

Definition of Saturnine

1. Adjective. of or born under Saturn's influence ¹

2. Adjective. containing lead, or suffering from lead poisoning (saturnia) ¹

3. Adjective. cold and slow to change and reaction (refers to mood) ¹

4. Adjective. gloomy, depressed, dull ¹

5. Adjective. sardonic, bitter, disdainful ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Saturnine

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Saturnine

1. 1. Born under, or influenced by, the planet Saturn. 2. Heavy; grave; gloomy; dull; the opposite of mercurial; as, a saturnine person or temper. 3. Of or pertaining to lead; characterised by, or resembling, lead, which was formerly called Saturn. Saturnine colic, lead colic. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Saturnine

saturators
saturity
saturn
saturnalia
saturnalian
saturnalianly
saturnalias
saturnally
saturnia
saturnian
saturnic
saturnicentric
saturniid
saturniid moth
saturniids
saturnine (current term)
saturnine colic
saturnine encephalopathy
saturnine tremor
saturninely
saturnineness
saturninity
saturnism
saturnisms
satyagraha
satyagrahas
satyr
satyr orchid
satyr play
satyra

Literary usage of Saturnine

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1. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1884)
"... upon a profound inter-medullary neuropathy.—Bernhart, in Centralblatt fd med. Wiss., No. 44. saturnine ENCEPHALOPATHY WITH GENERALIZED LEAD- PARALYSIS. ..."

2. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"In an age of effusion to be reserved, and in days of universal professions of sympathy to show a saturnine front, was to be an original. ..."

3. Quarterly Compendium of Medical Science by D. G. Brinton (1887)
"In ordinary gout the blood corpuscles undergo no change either in number or quality ; in the saturnine gout there is generally ..."

4. A Text-book of Psychiatry for Physicians and Students by Leonardo Bianchi (1906)
"Some authors, especially in France (Regis), even speak of an acute and subacute psychosis of dementia and of saturnine pseudo-general paralysis. ..."

5. Hawthorne and His Circle by Julian Hawthorne (1903)
"... —A well-grown calf—An adventure in Monte Testaccio —A vision of death—A fantastic and saturnine genius —A pitch-black place—Illuminations and fireworks— ..."

6. Hawthorne and His Circle by Julian Hawthorne (1903)
"... —A vision of death—A fantastic and saturnine genius —A pitch-black place—Illuminations and fireworks— The Faun—Enjoying Rome—First ..."

7. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1884)
"... upon a profound inter-medullary neuropathy.—Bernhart, in Centralblatt fd med. Wiss., No. 44. saturnine ENCEPHALOPATHY WITH GENERALIZED LEAD- PARALYSIS. ..."

8. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"In an age of effusion to be reserved, and in days of universal professions of sympathy to show a saturnine front, was to be an original. ..."

9. Quarterly Compendium of Medical Science by D. G. Brinton (1887)
"In ordinary gout the blood corpuscles undergo no change either in number or quality ; in the saturnine gout there is generally ..."

10. A Text-book of Psychiatry for Physicians and Students by Leonardo Bianchi (1906)
"Some authors, especially in France (Regis), even speak of an acute and subacute psychosis of dementia and of saturnine pseudo-general paralysis. ..."

11. Hawthorne and His Circle by Julian Hawthorne (1903)
"... —A well-grown calf—An adventure in Monte Testaccio —A vision of death—A fantastic and saturnine genius —A pitch-black place—Illuminations and fireworks— ..."

12. Hawthorne and His Circle by Julian Hawthorne (1903)
"... —A vision of death—A fantastic and saturnine genius —A pitch-black place—Illuminations and fireworks— The Faun—Enjoying Rome—First ..."

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