ill nature

  1. unkindly or unpleasant disposition.

Origin of ill nature

First recorded in 1685–95

Words Nearby ill nature Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ill nature in a sentence

  • Now Mike was as remarkable for his cheerful and amiable disposition, as Jacob was for his ill nature.

    Mike Marble | Uncle Frank
  • His own ill-nature had to be conquered first; his moody, accusing spirit had to be subdued.

  • The expression on his wife's face he interpreted to mean ill-nature, and with ill-nature he had no patience.

  • No wonder that her face grew clouded, nor that what he considered moodiness and ill-nature took possession of her spirit.

  • "Yes, and I'd like to know how you come to mash my mouth so dod-rottedly," said Sneak, in well-affected ill nature.

    Wild Western Scenes | John Beauchamp Jones