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good nature

pleasant disposition; kindly nature; amiability.
Origin of good nature
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
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  • Good humour is a very agreeable companion for an afternoon; but give me good nature for life.

  • And he was also indolent, with the indolence which is so often the secret of good nature.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Not that he underrated her good nature or was insensible to her personal attractions.

  • Happy, healthy, hearty and with a fund of good nature that nothing could daunt.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • I've regained my good nature, which is lucky for you, but you'll have to give an account of yourself.

    Hope Hathaway Frances Parker
  • “Your complaisance does credit to your good nature, sir,” exclaimed the old man.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • This was too much for the good nature even of Aunt Emmeline.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • Sterne overflowed with good nature, since he had nothing more to desire.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • They are natural to the very verge of indifference; but above all their qualities stands pre-eminent their good nature.

  • Mrs. Calvert's good nature was not the good nature of the faint-hearted or weak-kneed.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
Idioms and Phrases with good nature

good nature

A cheerful, obliging disposition, as in Ted is known for his good nature—he's always willing to help. [ Mid-1400s ]
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