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saturnine adj
1 bitter or scornful; "the face was saturnine and swarthy, and the sensual lips...twisted with disdain"- Oscar Wilde
2 showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd" [syn: dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, sour, sullen]

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  1. of or born under Saturn's influence
  2. containing lead, or suffering from lead poisoning (saturnia)
  3. cold and slow to change and reaction (refers to mood)
  4. gloomy, depressed, dull



  1. Feminine plural form of saturnino

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