[ UK /sˈætənˌa‍ɪn/ ]
  1. bitter or scornful
    the face was saturnine and swarthy, and the sensual lips...twisted with disdain
  2. showing a brooding ill humor
    a sour temper
    a sullen crowd
    a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius
    a dark scowl
    the proverbially dour New England Puritan
    a morose and unsociable manner
    he sat in moody silence
    a glum, hopeless shrug
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How To Use saturnine In A Sentence

  • The five or six cantos, at the opening, have all the milk of human nature that entered into the composition of that miscalled saturnine mind. Purgatory
  • Victor's saturnine face was creased, and he was too weary even to move. THE WHITE DOVE
  • The smile has returned to Craig's saturnine features.
  • We drove home in an uncomfortable silence, Grandma sensing my saturnine mood.
  • If he is put on screen or on stage, he must be suitably "saturnine", arguably one of modern India's favourite words to describe the creator of WN.com - Articles related to I don't need an art film to prove myself: Deepika Padukone
  • The portrayal is only historically accurate in the fact that the actor, like the real Richard, is handsome in a saturnine way.
  • It is an early modern concept, although it has correlatives from the time of the Greeks in allied concepts of stress, debility, appetitive, and saturnine behaviour.
  • It was a good interview, with Jax at her seductive and Penn at his saturnine best. CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD
  • Chavasse had one final glimpse of his dark, saturnine face scowling at them over the rail and then the marsh moved in to enfold them. THE KEYS OF HELL
  • Then she simply stays in bed all the following day, drinking tea, eating chocolates and reading about strong-jawed, saturnine heroes and almond-eyed heiresses disguised as pageboys.
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