Definition of human nature in English:

human nature


mass noun
  • The general psychological characteristics, feelings, and behavioural traits of humankind, regarded as shared by all humans.

    ‘he had a poor opinion of human nature’
    • ‘I despair of human nature; children are being taught that it is okay to be heartless to wild animals.’
    • ‘Clearly, such views are derived from a very depressing take on human nature.’
    • ‘Call me naive, but I still have enough faith in human nature to believe that they cannot succeed in this.’
    • ‘They were artists in their own right, but more, they were observers of human nature.’
    • ‘As luck would have it, human nature means we all need different things at different times in different ways.’
    • ‘It's human nature that in uncertain times we become more conservative and less speculative.’
    • ‘That is what we have realised after a long and close observation of human nature.’
    • ‘It's good, though, to find someone who is even more pessimistic about human nature than I am.’
    • ‘It's human nature to slow down just before a camera and then speed up again.’
    • ‘How could you have a glowing view of human nature when you contemplate what people do to one another?’
    • ‘Catastrophes of this magnitude and nature serve to bring out the best in human nature.’
    • ‘They pointed out how little human nature has changed over the last thousand years.’
    • ‘Two stages were built for the show, representing the masculine and feminine sides of human nature.’
    • ‘It is our human nature as social animals to attempt to interact with each other in a profitable manner.’
    • ‘It's human nature for people to reveal things at one moment that they regret a week or a year later.’
    • ‘There are bad facets of human nature, and these have to be restrained, mitigated, diverted.’
    • ‘The great thing about human nature is that we can make just about anything routine.’
    • ‘It is part of human nature for a parent to show a little favouritism towards their own children.’
    • ‘Gambling is a fundamental part of human nature - we all take risks in daily life.’
    • ‘You have restored my faith in human nature and it proves that not all young people are yobs or thugs.’
    the body, the human body, man's physical nature, physicality, corporeality, carnality, animality
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