- having or showing an unkindly or unpleasant disposition.
Origin of ill-natured
First recorded in 1625–35
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cranky, petulant, sulky, morose, gloomy, sour. See cross.
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Examples from the Web for ill-natured
They would not trust my aunt without this ill-natured witness.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Notwithstanding her action in this matter, Lisa was not an ill-natured or callous woman.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
She was surprised that anybody should be so ill-natured as he was.Is He Popenjoy?
She had understood well the ill-natured sarcasm of Miss Altifiorla.Kept in the Dark
This is an ill-natured statement to send all over the Baltic.Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters
William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
- naturally unpleasant and mean
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