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English definition of “saturnine”


adjective     /ˈsæt.ə.naɪn/ US  /ˈsæt̬.ɚ-/ literary
serious and unfriendly: a saturnine character/lookLacking humourNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviour
(Definition of saturnine adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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