adjective \ˈsa-tər-ˌnīn\

: very serious and unhappy

Full Definition of SATURNINE

:  born under or influenced astrologically by the planet Saturn
a :  cold and steady in mood :  slow to act or change
b :  of a gloomy or surly disposition
c :  having a sardonic aspect <a saturnine smile>

Examples of SATURNINE

  1. He is saturnine in temperament.
  2. <the men awaiting interrogation by the police shared a saturnine silence>

First Known Use of SATURNINE

15th century

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith


adjective \ˈsat-ər-ˌnīn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SATURNINE

: of or relating to lead
: of, relating to, or produced by the absorption of lead into the system <saturnine poisoning> <saturnine gout>

Biographical Note for SATURNINE

Sat·urn \ˈsat-ərn\ Roman mythological character. A god of agriculture in Roman mythology, Saturn taught humans how to till the fields and enjoy the fruits of civilization. His festival was called the Saturnalia and took place in late December. Lasting a week, it was the merriest and most popular of the Roman festivals. The planet Saturn, named after the god, was believed by the ancients to be made of lead.


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