saturnine saturnine


  1. (adj) showing a brooding ill humor
  2. (adj) bitter or scornful



  1. To decipher the late 1960's through the story of Swede Levov, whose life is cast into the fires of those years, Roth calls again upon the saturnine side of his disposition.
  2. Giuliani was that rare thing, a fan who preferred the saturnine Maris over his more popular teammate Mickey Mantle.
  3. When Britain's Eighth Army entered Tunis in May 1943, a gaunt, saturnine figure, who looked like an unshaved cardinal, popped out of a hideout in the Italian quarter.


  • Mads Mikkelsen on the hunt for good roles

    It’s hard to put a frame around Mads Mikkelsen. The tall, saturnine Danish star was the bad guy in Casino Royale and a courageous World War II resistance fighter in Flame & Citron. He’s just completed his first season as the suave, omnivorous Dr. Lecter in NBC’s “Hannibal.”
    on July 23, 2013     Source: Miami Herald


  1. Hirst described Turnbull as "a plummy brew of eloquence, imperiousness and un-humble pie, plus a kind of sighing, saturnine resignation that his job necessarily involves being constantly surrounded by cretins. Ah the bright man's burden! The lot of...
    on Sep 11, 2007 By: Rob Hirst Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. In The New Yorker, John Updike called Atonement a "majestic fictional panorama" from a writer whose books "have tended to be short, smart, and saturnine".
    on Feb 15, 2008 By: John Updike Source: The Age

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