human interest

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  1. a quality of a story or report, as in a newspaper or on a newscast, that engages attention and sympathy by enabling one to identify readily with the people, problems, and situations described.

Origin of human interest

First recorded in 1775–80

Other words from human interest

  • human-interest, adjective

Words Nearby human interest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use human interest in a sentence

  • His sketches of everyday living are characterized by his human interest touch and his unique technique of realism at that time.

  • He scorned curiosity with all his heart, and never suspected that curiosity is very often only an expression of human interest.

    Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
  • The characters are all brimful of wholesome human interest with Brenda as a paramount attraction.

    Napoleon's Young Neighbor | Helen Leah Reed
  • A book to be read not only for its strong human interest, but for its true picture of life in the Adirondacks.

    The Princess Dehra | John Reed Scott
  • Only its human interest gives value to the first part; from the second part human interest is totally absent.

British Dictionary definitions for human interest

human interest

  1. (in a newspaper story, news broadcasting, etc) reference to individuals and their emotions

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