humanist

[ hyoo-muh-nist or, often, yoo- ]
/ ˈhyu mə nɪst or, often, ˈyu- /

noun

adjective Also hu·man·is·tic [hyoo-muh-nis-tik, or, often, yoo‐] /ˌhyu məˈnɪs tɪk, or, often, ˌyu‐/


Nearby words

  1. humane society,
  2. humanely,
  3. humanics,
  4. humanise,
  5. humanism,
  6. humanistic,
  7. humanistic psychology,
  8. humanitarian,
  9. humanitarianism,
  10. humanities

Origin of humanist

1585–95; < Middle French, French humaniste “classics scholar, classicist” See human, -ist

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Word Origin and History for anti-humanist

humanist

n.

1580s, "student of the classical humanities," from Middle French humaniste (16c.), formed on model of Italian umanista "student of human affairs or human nature," coined by Italian poet Lodovicio Ariosto (1474-1533), from Latin humanus "human" (see human; also cf. humanism). Philosophical sense is from 1903.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for anti-humanist

humanist

In the Renaissance, a scholar who studied the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome; today, a scholar of the humanities. The term secular humanist is applied to someone who concentrates on human activities and possibilities, usually downplaying or denying the importance of God and a life after death.

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