• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ill-natured having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ill-natured Dictated by, or indicating, ill nature; spiteful. "The ill-natured task refuse."
    • Ill-natured Intractable; not yielding to culture. "Ill-natured land."
    • Ill-natured not to one's liking; unpleasant; disagreeable. Opposite of agreeable.
    • Ill-natured Of habitual bad temper; having an unpleasant disposition; surly; disagreeable; cross; peevish; fractious; crabbed; -- of people; as, an ill-natured person; an ill-natured disagreeable old man. Opposite of good-natured.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ill-natured Having a bad nature or character.
    • ill-natured Having a bad temper; churlish; crabbed; surly; spiteful: as, an ill-natured person.
    • ill-natured Indicating ill nature.
    • ill-natured Of uncertain temper; petulant; peevish; intractable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ill-natured of an ill nature or temper: cross: peevish
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  • Sir William Temple
    “There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of conferring them on others.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature -- the malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Ice. illr, a contraction of the word which appears in A.S. yfel, evil.


In literature:

Don't be ill-natured the first day I arrive.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 90, June, 1875" by Various
Just before I was ill I sent my last messages, because, with certain hazards before me, my heart turned to them naturally.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
As the ill-natured Fates would have it, that single chance carried the day!
"Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete" by Washington Irving
The under-meaning, the terrible regret for irrevocable ill, naturally escaped him.
"Six Women" by Victoria Cross
The drinking-bout, however, is perhaps an ill-natured addition.
"A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature" by John W. Cousin
You're an ill-natured old bird, but I'm very fond of you all the same.
"Milly and Olly" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
A somewhat caustic and sarcastic sketch, and perhaps a little ill-natured, of a somewhat amiable cleric.
"The Parish Clerk (1907)" by Peter Hampson Ditchfield
Others too were as eager for them, from the natural ill-will that follows the fortunate or prosperous in any undertaking.
"A History of Pantomime" by R. J. Broadbent
It forbids such natural and common thoughts as 'I owe him an ill turn for that'; 'I should like to pay him off.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
For what else is a slanderous and ill-natured man than a fox, or something still more wretched and mean?
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various

In poetry:

Are but the potent protests
Of Nature's elements
Against some ill arrangement
That brings them discontents.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
The guilty serpents and obscener beasts
Creep conscious to their secret rests;
Nature to thee does reverence pay;
Ill omens and ill sights removes out of thy way.
"Hymn. To Light" by Abraham Cowley
"O mamma, I have longed to confess all the day
What an ill-natured thing I have done;
I persuaded myself it was only in play,
But such play I in future will shun.
"The First Of April" by Charles Lamb
This love of nature, that allures to take
Irregularity for harmony
Of larger scope than our hard measures make,
Cherish it as thy school for when on thee
The ills of life descend.
"Fragments" by George Meredith
—Yet, all in vain; for never spring arraying
Nature in charms, to thee can make it fair.
Ill fated love, clouds all thy path, pourtraying
Years past of bliss, and future of despair.
"Waters of Elle! thy limpid streams are flowing," by Lady Caroline Lamb
I’ve so many reasons to lose myself
On this road-less earth under horizon-less skies
Good reasons I ignored yesterday
And I’ll never ever forget
Good keys of gazes keys their own daughters
in front of this land where nature is mine
"Ecstasy" by Paul Eluard

In news:

Meet an alpaca and experience one of the world's most prized natural fibers during National Alpaca Farm Days from 10 am to 4 pm, Sept 24-25, at the True Colors Alpaca Farm in Caledonia , Ill. file photo Dealing with deer: The state Department of Natural Resources recently revised its plan to deal with Chronic Wasting Disease , which is a neurological, communicable illness that has affected deer across the United States.
Attorneys for the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings said Thursday that their client is mentally ill and that they need more time to assess the nature of his illness.
A public defender for suspect James E Holmes tells the judge there's a need to probe the 'nature and depth' of his client's mental illness, a strong clue to the defense's strategy.
Mire 's Austin physician declined to do the tests, and she was sent home to struggle with the pain, and the frustration of not knowing the nature of her illness.
Jon Jordan shows a group an authentic Lakota "baby carriage" at the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore, Ill. On Thursday, Oct 18, 2012.
Learn the ingredients for a perfect storm from 7 to 8 pm, Thursday, April 26, at the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore, Ill. Dr Walker Ashley will give a presentation about severe weather and storm-chasing in the United States.
LaCamera declined to describe the nature of the illness that kept Angelou hospitalized until her release on Saturday.
Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore, Ill. Will host its "Creepy, Crawly Halloween Party" from 6 to 8 pm, Saturday, Oct 20.
Nature 's Recipe officials say no pet or human illnesses have been reported.
While the West's richest companies are used to seeking natural resources in the world's poorest corners, few places on earth seem as ill-prepared as the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea .
Fred Maier—director of the Spring Brook Nature Center in Itasca, Ill.—is adding a new weapon to the village's mosquito-fighting arsenal: garlic.
NEW YORK — A subsidiary of former Blue Wolf Capital Fund portfolio company Healthcare Laundry Systems (HLS) has donated an industrial property in Rockford , Ill. To The Nature Conservancy, a conservation organization.
Still, fans will be happy to know that the man, his legendary band — and yes, all those guitars — are the subject of a special exhibit at the Burpee Museum Of Natural History, located in the band's hometown of Rockford , Ill.
SYCAMORE , Ill.—The Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore , Ill. Will present "Rockin' for the Reptiles" from noon to 5 pm, Saturday, June 25.

In science:

In this section I’ll review two theorems of basic category theory (interestingly, both due to Peter Freyd) which, I think, display the essential nature of size considerations.
Set theory for category theory
Specifically, it is clear from the problem formulation that the group lasso is ill-suited for the specified MUD problem since each of the sub-vectors {β i } in (8) has at delays; hence, the group nature of the detection criterion in the definition of (cid:98)I . most one non-zero entry.
Asynchronous Code-Division Random Access Using Convex Optimization
Nested Sampling is ill suited to this task, and it is more natural to extend the RJMCMC model space to include the signal model.
Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Needle in a Haystack
Therefore, it provides answers to the ongoing debate [?] on the nature of the quantum state, and our claim is that this notion, (quantum state) is ill defined.
On the Nature of Reality
They arise in certain applications (e.g. heat radiated through a boundary) and in treating ill-posed problems by generalized Green’s functions [70, p. 191]. • As we shall see (Sect. 5), they are needed for factoring boundary problems. • Their algebraic description as a right ideal is very natural.
Symbolic Analysis for Boundary Problems: From Rewriting to Parametrized Gr\"obner Bases