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[hyoo-man-i-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m or, often, yoo-] /hyuˌmæn ɪˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm or, often, yu-/
humanitarian principles or practices.
  1. the doctrine that humanity's obligations are concerned wholly with the welfare of the human race.
  2. the doctrine that humankind may become perfect without divine aid.
Theology. the doctrine that Jesus Christ possessed a human nature only.
Origin of humanitarianism
First recorded in 1825-35; humanitarian + -ism
Related forms
humanitarianist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The liberal movement in religion was characterized in its early period by its humanitarianism.

    Unitarianism in America George Willis Cooke
  • We 'stoop to conquer' in humanitarianism, as well as in other love.

    Joyce's Investments Fannie E. Newberry
  • In humanitarianism and the solution of social problems, the Reformation was particularly backward.

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
  • This humanitarianism was certainly in direct contradiction of the "principles of 1834."

  • Can you not see, Philip, it is not your views I combat, your theory about humanitarianism and all that?

  • In fine, we have arrived at humanitarianism; humanity has become God.

  • "Mr. Howard already knows me too well not to believe that all I do is dictated by humanitarianism," said Mr. Perry.

    Upsidonia Archibald Marshall
  • Here we are on the bed-rock of their ideas of justice and humanitarianism.

    What Germany Thinks Thomas F. A. Smith
  • It is on this basis that what is true in humanitarianism rests.

    Lux Mundi Various
British Dictionary definitions for humanitarianism


humanitarian principles
  1. the doctrine that man's duty is to strive to promote the welfare of mankind
  2. the doctrine that man can achieve perfection through his own resources
(theol) the belief that Jesus Christ was only a mortal man
Derived Forms
humanitarianist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for humanitarianism

by 1794 as a Christian theological position, from humanitarian + -ism. Sense related to ethical benevolence attested by 1838.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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