human interest

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noun
  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

1
First recorded in 1775–80

Other words from human interest

  • human-interest, adjective

Words Nearby human interest

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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

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

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