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- Of or born under Saturn's influence.
- Containing lead, or suffering from lead poisoning (saturnia).
- Having a tendency to be gloomy, bitter, and sarcastic; sullenly sardonic.
- Gloomy, depressed, dull.
- Cold and slow to change and react (refers to mood).
- 1770, Nicholas Culpeper, The English physician enlarged., page 167
- "But Henbane delights most to grow in Saturnine Places, and whole Cart-Loads of it may be found near the Places where they empty the common Jacks, and scarce a Ditch can be found without it growing by it. Ergo, it is an Herb of Saturn."
- 1793, John Whitehead, The life of the Rev. John Wesley, M.A, page 550
- "But Dr. Johnson would certainly not have expressed himself in this strong language of approbation, had Mr. Wesley been that dark, saturnine creature, represented by Archbishop Herring."
- 1866, Charles Dickens, The Signal-Man
- "The monstrous thought came into my mind as I perused the fixed eyes and the saturnine face, that this was a spirit, not a man."
gloomy, depressed, dull
saturnine f pl