- all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind.
- the quality or condition of being human; human nature.
- the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.
- the humanities,
- the study of classical languages and classical literature.
- the Latin and Greek classics as a field of study.
- literature, philosophy, art, etc., as distinguished from the natural sciences.
- the study of literature, philosophy, art, etc.
Origin of humanity
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Examples from the Web for humanities
The doctors promise that the initiative will “disarm the boundaries between psychiatry, humanities, and hip-hop culture.”Hip-Hop Psychology: Using Music to Fight Mental Illness
November 17, 2014
Only eight percent of American college students now major in the humanities.
No one studies the humanities or fine arts for their practical value.
Higher education suffers from a breakdown of the humanities.Can Higher Education Really Save Our Humanity?
February 1, 2014
That kind of thinking is extremely dangerous because it puts the humanities under siege.Legendary Documentarian Frederick Wiseman Shows Us How Berkeley Works
November 10, 2013
A word, however, for the humanities before we speak of their abiding-place.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
West asks for a wider recognition of the humanities after the war.The Psychology of Nations
We hear a certain group of studies called the humanities, and it is right.
But the best school in the humanities for every man is in his own house.
They have affected the mores of the class educated in the "humanities" since the Renaissance.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
- the human race
- the quality of being human
- kindness or mercy
- the humanities (plural) the study of literature, philosophy, and the arts
- the study of Ancient Greek and Roman language, literature, etc
Word Origin and History for humanities
1702; plural of humanity, which was used in English from late 15c. in a sense "class of studies concerned with human culture" (opposed variously at different times to divinity or sciences). Latin literae humaniores, they were those branches of literature (ancient classics, rhetoric, poetry) which tended to humanize or refine.
late 14c., "kindness, graciousness," from Old French humanité, umanité "human nature; humankind, life on earth; pity," from Latin humanitatem (nominative humanitas) "human nature; philanthropy, kindness; good breeding, refinement; the human race, mankind," from humanus (see human). Sense of "human nature, human form" is c.1400; that of "human race" first recorded mid-15c.