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Definition showing a brooding ill humor
  • Convocations of the honor court on the top floor of Durrell Hall were always conducted with an inflexible and saturnine efficiency.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • His countenance, by daylight, had a sort of amiably saturnine cast; he had a very large thin nose, and looked like a Spanish picture.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The face was saturnine and swarthy, and the sensual lips seemed to be twisted with disdain.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • He looked the car over slowly, critically, a long cigar clamped in the corner of his saturnine mouth, drawing his gauntlets off deliberately.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Hugh Hungerford was slim and saturnine, long-legged, long-faced, clad in faded finery.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Beneath, his face was lined and saturnine, with thin arched brows above large eyes as black and shiny as pools of coal oil.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • A mediaeval doctor would have called him saturnine.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Mallinson shouted; and Barnard, who had also been flung out of his seat, responded with a saturnine: "If he's lucky.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • With Mr. Heathcliff, grim and saturnine, on the one hand, and Hareton, absolutely dumb, on the other, I made a somewhat cheerless meal, and bade adieu early.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Somehow his words and his look did not seem to accord, or else it was that his cast of face made his smile look malignant and saturnine.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He had a dark complexion and a small, wise, saturnine face with mournful pouches under both eyes.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • With black hair and dark eyes, her looks reflected her saturnine personality growing up.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • With us, after a long fast, some mouthfuls of bread and meat, a little moldy biscuit and salt beef triumphed over all our previous gloomy and saturnine thoughts.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • It was not, however, so saturnine a pride! she laughed continually; her laugh was satirical, and so was the habitual expression of her arched and haughty lip.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "Somebody strike a light, my thumb's out of joint," said one of the men, Parsons, a swarthy, saturnine man, boat-steerer in Standish's boat, in which Harrison was puller.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • He twisted his heavy mouth into a faint smile—he was one of those saturnine people who smile with the corners of the mouth down,—and bowed his acknowledgment of my complaisance.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The Artful, meantime, who was of a rather saturnine disposition, and seldom gave way to merriment when it interfered with business, rifled Oliver's pockets with steady assiduity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She was backed in a doorway with her gin and lime, being addressed by a saturnine spritely old gentleman with a hard red face and a hard clear voice and a puff of gray hair over each ear.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • An environment which would have made a contented woman a poet, a suffering woman a devotee, a pious woman a psalmist, even a giddy woman thoughtful, made a rebellious woman saturnine.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • An angular, towering man, sad-faced and saturnine, wearing heavy-framed glasses, awkward in movement and sparing of speech, he stepped into the hallway, not bothering to glance at Graf.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon

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