Friday, April 5, 2013

Word from Mythology: Saturnine

The word from mythology for today is saturnine, which comes from the name of the Roman god Saturn. The word comes from the belief that someone born under the influence of the planet Saturn was gloomy and morose. In medieval astrology, of the known planets Saturn was most distant from the sun, and therefore the most cold and slow. To learn more about the Roman god Saturn, see Wikipedia.

Relate words: jovial and mercurial.

This is a depiction of Saturn by Poildoro da Caravaggio.

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