American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. bad disposition or temperament; sullenness; esp., a disposition to cause unhappiness to others.
- n. a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
“The ill nature of the cartoon, for instance, which showed Tish in a pair of khaki trousers on her back under a racing-car was quite uncalled for.”
“Half the ill nature in the world arises from people being dull, and having nothing to excite them, and then the temptation to become sententious about their neighbours is beyond the virtue of human nature to resist.”
“But Ted, Monica, and Woe Betide didn't know of the ill nature of Surprise Seven.”
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