nature Idioms & Phrases


animal nature

  • noun the physical (or animal) side of a person as opposed to the spirit or intellect
    animality.
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by nature

  • adverb through inherent nature
    naturally.
    • he was naturally lazy
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Debt of nature

  • death.
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good nature

  • noun a cheerful, obliging disposition
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Good nature, Ill nature

  • . see under Good and Ill.
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Good nature, ∨ Good-nature

  • habitual kindness or mildness of temper or disposition; amiability; state of being in good humor.
    The good nature and generosity which belonged to his character. Macaulay.
    The young count's good nature and easy persuadability were among his best characteristics. Hawthorne.
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human nature

  • noun the shared psychological attributes of humankind that are assumed to be shared by all human beings
    • a great observer of human nature
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Ill nature

  • noun a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
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  • bad disposition or temperament; sullenness; esp., a disposition to cause unhappiness to others.
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In a state of nature

  • . (a) Naked as when born; nude . (b) In a condition of sin; unregenerate . (c) Untamed; uncvilized.
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Law of nature

  • noun a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature
    law.
    • the laws of thermodynamics
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  • . (a) A broad generalization expressive of the constant action, or effect, of natural conditions; as, death is a law of nature; self-defense is a law of nature. See Law, 4. (b) A term denoting the standard, or system, of morality deducible from a study of the nature and natural relations of human beings independent of supernatural revelation or of municipal and social usages.
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Nature printng

  • a process of printing from metallic or other plates which have received an impression, as by heavy pressure, of an object such as a leaf, lace, or the like.
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nature study

  • noun the study of animals and plants in the natural world (usually at an elementary level)
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Nature worship

  • noun a system of religion that deifies and worships natural forces and phenomena
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  • the worship of the personified powers of nature.
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second nature

  • noun acquired behavior that is practiced so long it seems innate
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state of nature

  • noun a wild primitive state untouched by civilization
    wild; natural state.
    • he lived in the wild
    • they collected mushrooms in the wild
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To pay the debt of nature

  • to die.
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