humanitarian [hyoo-man-i- tair-ee- uh n , yoo-] or, often EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people. pertaining to the saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering: a humanitarian crisis. noun a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, as a philanthropist. Related forms an·ti·hu·man·i·tar·i·an, adjective, noun sem·i·hu·man·i·tar·i·an, adjective, noun un·hu·man·i·tar·i·an, adjective
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Word Origin and History for anti-humanitarian n.
1794 (n.) in the theological sense "one who affirms the humanity of Christ but denies his pre-existence and divinity," from
humanity + suffix from unitarian, etc.; see humanism. Meaning "philanthropist, one who advocates or practices human action to solve social problems" is from 1842, originally disparaging, with a suggestion of excess. As an adjective, by 1834.
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