What does the word saturnine mean?

Usage examples for saturnine

  1. When Bouchard, the chief of intelligence, who fought the battle of wits and spies against Lanstron, came, two hours before Westerling was due, the last of the staff except Westerling and his personal aide had arrived Bouchard, with his iron- gray hair, bushy eyebrows, strong, aquiline nose, and hawk- like eyes, his mouth hidden by a bristly mustache, was lean and saturnine, and he was loyal. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  2. His face was still dark and faintly saturnine, but the jowls seemed a little puffier now, there was a faint network of capillaries around his nostrils and his eyes looked just the least bit weary and tired. – Brink of Madness by Walter J. Sheldon
  3. After the Sunday episode, already referred to, she was given her liberty on that day, a privilege she gracefully recognized by somewhat unbending her usual austerity in the indulgence of a saturnine humor. – Drift from Two Shores by Bret Harte
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