- the human race; human beings collectively without reference to sex; humankind.
- men, as distinguished from women.
Origin of mankind
Examples from the Web for mankind
Kennedy: "Mankind must put an end to war — or war will put an end to mankind."Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
January 8, 2015
The current attack on the Jews,” he wrote in a 1937 essay, “targets not just this people of 15 million but mankind as such.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
If I had an idea that mankind could be cured, I should not believe in God.Albert Camus, Our Existential Epidemiologist
October 17, 2014
The rest of the essays and lectures in The Masters of Mankind show how Chomsky insists on breaking all the rules.Noam Chomsky—Infuriating and Necessary
September 28, 2014
I quote Immanuel Kant in my preface, defining enlightenment as mankind coming out of its self-imposed immaturity.The Real Legacy of Richard Nixon
August 5, 2014
Humanity hungers for international peace, and we crave it with all mankind.
Can it have better recommendations to ninety-nine hundredths of mankind?
Are we nearing the light—a day of freedom and of peace for all mankind?
His countrymen were the first to press steam into the active service of mankind.
They are the great problem of mankind; they rend the heart with pity.The Conquest of Fear
- human beings collectively; humanity
- men collectively, as opposed to womankind
Word Origin and History for mankind
"the human race," c.1300, earlier man-kende (early 13c.), from man (n.) + kind (n.). Replaced Old English mancynn "human race." Also used occasionally in Middle English for "male persons" (late 14c.), but otherwise preserving the original gender neutrality of man (n.). For "menfolk, the male sex," menkind (late 14c.) and menskind (1590s) have been used.