a leopard cannot change its spots

Meaning
The notion that things cannot change their inate nature.
Origin
From the Bible. Jeremiah 13:23. Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

Meaning and origin of phrases. 2013.

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  • (a) leopard cannot change its spots — a leopard cannot change its ˈspots idiom (saying) people cannot change their character, especially if they have a bad character • You didn t really expect her to be on time, did you? A leopard can t change its spots. Main entry: ↑leopardidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • the leopard cannot change its spots — Personality traits cannot be changed • • • Main Entry: ↑leopard …   Useful english dictionary

  • leopard can't change its spots — This idiom means that people cannot change basic aspects of their character, especially negative ones. ( A leopard doesn t change its spots is also used.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • leopard can't change its spots —    This idiom means that people cannot change basic aspects of their character, especially negative ones. ( A leopard doesn t change its spots is also used.)   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • a leopard can't change its spots — used to say that people cannot change their basic personalities, habits, etc. • • • Main Entry: ↑leopard a leopard can t change its spots see ↑leopard • • • Main Entry: ↑spot …   Useful english dictionary

  • leopard — [[t]le̱pə(r)d[/t]] leopards 1) N COUNT A leopard is a type of large, wild cat. Leopards have yellow fur and black spots, and live in Africa and Asia. 2) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that a leopard cannot change its spots, you mean that people or …   English dictionary

  • leopard — noun /ˈlɛpəd/ a) A large wild cat with a spotted coat, Panthera pardus, indigenous to Africa and Asia. b) leopard See Also: leopards head, a leopard cannot change its spots …   Wiktionary

  • leopard — leop|ard [ˈlepəd US ərd] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: leupart, from Late Latin leopardus, from Greek, from leon lion + pardos leopard ] 1.) a large animal of the cat family, with yellow fur and black spots, which lives in Africa and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • leopard — noun (C) 1 a large animal of the cat family, with yellow fur and black spots, which lives in Africa and southern Asia 2 a leopard can t change its spots used to say that people cannot change their character …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Snow leopard — This article is about the cat. For other uses, see Snow leopard (disambiguation). Snow leopard Conservation status …   Wikipedia

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