The Dictionary Obscura: Saturnine

Definition: cold and steady in mood; of gloomy or surly disposition

Synonyms:depressed; cheerless
Antonyms:joyous; jocose

Etymology: from Middle English Saturne + ine.

Obscure Fact: Old medicine believed these characteristics to be caused or influenced by the astrological influence of the planet Saturn, which was the most remote from the Sun (in the knowledge of the times) and thus coldest and slowest in its revolution.


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