- in an uncivilized or uncultured condition.
- without clothes; nude; naked.
Origin of nature
Related Words for naturehumor, description, quality, essence, personality, type, mood, sort, style, variety, character, way, structure, environment, world, landscape, view, constitution, heart, individuality
Examples from the Web for nature
Contemporary Examples of nature
The “nature of the crime” was too serious to release him, they said.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
That explanation is believable…but increasingly less so when you hear Jay talk about the nature of his relationship with Adnan.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline
December 31, 2014
Along the river, crumbling remnants of an active trading hub are overtaken by nature.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
“Heavy water”, or D2O, is even less common in nature, though nuclear engineers make and use it in some reactors.Are Comets the Origin of Earth’s Oceans?
Matthew R. Francis
December 14, 2014
The second deals with the nature of the love affair that is central to the script.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of nature
"Flattery to ourselves does not change the nature of what is wrong," answered Philothea.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I refer, of course, to man's mastery over the latent forces of Nature.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Kate's nature was limited; part of her graceful equipoise was narrowness.
He was disposed to think more favourably of the nature of the country.Explorations in Australia
Absolute directness was a part of her nature; she could die, but not manouvre.
Word Origin for nature
late 13c., "restorative powers of the body, bodily processes; powers of growth;" from Old French nature "nature, being, principle of life; character, essence," from Latin natura "course of things; natural character, constitution, quality; the universe," literally "birth," from natus "born," past participle of nasci "to be born," from PIE *gene- "to give birth, beget" (see genus).
From late 14c. as "creation, the universe;" also "heredity, birth, hereditary circumstance; essential qualities, innate disposition" (e.g. human nature); "nature personified, Mother Nature." Specifically as "material world beyond human civilization or society" from 1660s. Nature and nurture have been contrasted since 1874.
Nature should be avoided in such vague expressions as 'a lover of nature,' 'poems about nature.' Unless more specific statements follow, the reader cannot tell whether the poems have to do with natural scenery, rural life, the sunset, the untouched wilderness, or the habits of squirrels." [Strunk & White, "The Elements of Style," 3rd ed., 1979]
see call of nature; good nature; second nature.