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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. 2018.
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  • humanitarianism has permeated our mores and has been a fountain of phrases.


    William Graham Sumner
  • humanitarianism is nourished by pathos and it stimulates pathos.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Do you understand what I mean by the false emphasis of our humanitarianism?

  • We 'stoop to conquer' in humanitarianism, as well as in other love.

    Joyce's Investments Fannie E. Newberry
  • Put it fairly on the ground of humanitarianism, then, Palgrave; not of nationality.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • It is on this basis that what is true in humanitarianism rests.

    Lux Mundi Various
  • This humanitarianism was certainly in direct contradiction of the "principles of 1834."

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

  • What religion calls the "sinner," humanitarianism calls the "egoist."

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
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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