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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Definitions for saturnine

  1. Born under or being under the astrological influence of the planet Saturn.
  2. Gloomy or sullen in disposition.
  3. Having a sardonic or bitter aspect.

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Citations for saturnine
His saturnine spirit appealed to younger bohemians who were anxious to make idols of an earlier generation's tormented souls, but even so, it cannot have been easy for Rothko always to be the pessimist among the optimists. Jed Perl, New Republic
A saturnine prison guard sits and broods -- and every now and then, gets up and shoots an unseen prisoner. John Walsh, Independent
Origin of saturnine
late Middle English
Saturnine comes from Saturn, in Medieval times believed to be the most remote planet from the Sun and thus coldest and slowest in its revolution.