Definition of "ill-natured" []

  • Having a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition. (adjective)
  • Spiteful; nasty: an ill-natured retort. (adjective)
  • Naturally unpleasant and mean (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ill-natured" in a sentence
  • "You may think me ill-natured, but if you consider how hard it is to swallow an injury done by a person for whom I have such tenderness, you may begin to understand my distress."
  • "The brethren of the aggiornamentist - brotherly-love persuasion have once again shown themselves to be thoroughly ill-natured and petty."
  • "Bailey has made this ill-natured drama look as if it has a heart."