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ill nature

noun
1.
unkindly or unpleasant disposition.
Origin of ill nature
1685-1695
1685-95
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  • Now Mike was as remarkable for his cheerful and amiable disposition, as Jacob was for his ill nature.

    Mike Marble Uncle Frank
  • They who do, generally use the pretence as a cloak to their own ill nature.'

  • "You're lucky to be so independent," says a German woman whose dull silence I had hitherto taken for ill nature.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • Be slow, therefore, to impute bad marks to injustice, or ill nature.

    In the School-Room John S. Hart
  • Some may judge otherwise, out of bad taste or ill nature; but I would just thank them to write a better at their leisure.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • I never will be so forward again to suspect piety of ill nature.

  • Here it refers back to the whole sentence before it, or to the idea, "any man's doing wrong merely out of ill nature."

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • If this be true, the Women had need lay in a stock of ill nature betimes.

  • The helper's ill nature was in evidence again at breakfast time.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But the woman seemed to be giving vent to her own ill nature in an evidently customary and certainly vivid way.

    In Kali's Country Emily Churchill Thompson Sheets

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