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human nature

n.
The sum of qualities and traits shared by all humans.
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human nature

n
1. the qualities common to humanity
2. ordinary human behaviour, esp considered as less than perfect
3. (Sociology) sociol the unique elements that form a basic part of human life and distinguish it from other animal life
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hu′man na′ture


n.
1. the psychological and social qualities that characterize humankind.
2. the character of human conduct, generally regarded as produced by living in primary groups.
[1735–45]
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Noun1.human nature - the shared psychological attributes of humankind that are assumed to be shared by all human beings; "a great observer of human nature"
attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
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Translations

human nature

ndie menschliche Natur; it’s human nature to do thates liegt (nun einmal) in der Natur des Menschen, das zu tun
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human nature

nla natura umana
it's human nature → è nella natura umana, è umano
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The provision, then, which we have here made is no other than Human Nature .
But of recent years my understanding of human nature has become such that I realize that no normal healthy human would tolerate such performances did he or she know the terrible cruelty that lies behind them and makes them possible.
Tourguenief was of that great race which has more than any other fully and freely uttered human nature, without either false pride or false shame in its nakedness.
but happiest, beyond all comparison, are those excellent STRULDBRUGS, who, being born exempt from that universal calamity of human nature, have their minds free and disengaged, without the weight and depression of spirits caused by the continual apprehensions of death!" I discovered my admiration that I had not observed any of these illustrious persons at court; the black spot on the forehead being so remarkable a distinction, that I could not have easily overlooked it: and it was impossible that his majesty, a most judicious prince, should not provide himself with a good number of such wise and able counsellors.
It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government.
And the poets indeed have been busy with it; for it is in effect the thing, which figured in that strange fiction of the ancient poets, which seemeth not to be without mystery; nay, and to have some approach to the state of a Christian; that Hercules, when he went to unbind Prometheus (by whom human nature is represented), sailed the length of the great ocean, in an earthen pot or pitcher; lively describing Christian resolution, that saileth in the frail bark of the flesh, through the waves of the world.
Whether from diffidence or shame, or a touch of anger, or mere procrastination, or because (as we have seen) he had no skill in literary arts, or because (as I am sometimes tempted to suppose) there is a law in human nature that prevents young men - not otherwise beasts - from the performance of this simple act of piety - months and years had gone by, and John had never written.
Samaritan nature is human nature, and human nature remembers contact with the illustrious, always.
This supposition of universal venalty in human nature is little less an error in political reasoning, than the supposition of universal rectitude.
Hers is a line for seeing human nature; and she has a fund of good sense and observation, which, as a companion, make her infinitely superior to thousands of those who having only received
They found Mary, as usual, deep in the study of thorough-bass and human nature; and had some extracts to admire, and some new observations of threadbare morality to listen to.
It is to the credit of human nature that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.

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