human nature


Definition of human nature

: the nature of humans especially : the fundamental dispositions and traits of humans

Examples of human nature in a Sentence

You can't change human nature.

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What had been a war on outrageous privilege soon became a war on human nature and its flaws. Jon Ronson, Town & Country, "Trial By Hashtag," 13 Feb. 2015 But The Favourite’s soul feels Lanthimosian to the core, with a dim view of human nature and the sense that human relationships are always, at root, about power. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos on why his films aren’t as mean as people say," 21 Nov. 2018 There’s no denying human nature, but could orbiting be more than that? Taylor Davies /, NBC News, "Is someone 'orbiting' you on social media? It may be hurting your mental health," 19 June 2018 Having businesspeople and thought leaders on Chicago Stories is cause for Rahm to share random personal information, self-promote, and also to make grand statements about human nature and public policy. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Rahm’s Chicago Stories podcast takes you inside the mind of the mayor," 14 Mar. 2018 Takes Farhad Manjoo says the real problem with WhatsApp is human nature. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How China complicates Apple’s chest-thumping about privacy," 25 Oct. 2018 With the character of Cohn, Kushner offers a metaphor for the dark forces in human nature and the social divisions wrought by Reaganomics in the 1980s. Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, "Spinella, playing Roy Cohn, sees ‘Angels’ from both sides now," 15 Apr. 2018 The state, which provides order, is born in violence because of the violence of human nature. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "We Are a Homicidal Species," 2 Nov. 2018 On our retreat, a five-night, small-group experience in the wildlife refuge of Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau, the idea was to apply these same principles to human nature. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: The Wisdom of the Wild," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of human nature

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of human nature

: the ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that are common to most people

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