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  • s  bitter or scornful
    the face was saturnine and swarthy, and the sensual lips...twisted with disdain"- Oscar Wilde
  • s  showing a brooding ill humor
    a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven

  • 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.
  • The pianist who has been evoking that sort of reception for a month from Riga to Kiev is a far cry from the saturnine dandy with the "Florentine profile.
  • There he may very well be waited on by the saturnine president of the company, Stanley Marcus, 55, who scours the world looking for unique, elegant and off-beat itemsand likes .
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  • 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.”
    July 22, 2013 - Miami Herald

  • Rob Hirst in Sydney Morning Herald
    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...
  • John Updike in The Age
    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".

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