in|stinct1 «IHN stihngkt», noun.
1. a natural feeling, knowledge, or power, such as that which guides animals; inborn tendency to act in a certain way. An instinct is a chain of unlearned, coordinated acts characteristic of a particular species or group of animals. »

Birds do not learn to build nests but build them by instinct. The very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason (Charles Darwin).

2. a natural tendency or ability; talent: »

Even as a child the artist had an instinct for drawing. He had…neither the grander nor the meaner instincts of the born tyrant (John R. Green).

[< Latin īnstinctus, -ūs < īnstinguere impel < in- in, on + unrecorded root sting- urge]
in|stinct2 «ihn STIHNGKT», adjective.
1. charged or filled (with something): »

The picture is instinct with life and beauty.

2. Obsolete. impelled; excited.
[< Latin īnstinctus, past participle of īnstinguere impel; see etym. under instinct1 (Cf.instinct)]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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