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humanism

[ hyoo-muh-niz-uhm or, often, yoo- ]
/ ˈhyu məˌnɪz əm or, often, ˈyu- /
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noun
any system or mode of thought or action in which human interests, values, and dignity predominate.
devotion to or study of the humanities.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the studies, principles, or culture of the humanists.
Philosophy. a variety of ethical theory and practice that emphasizes reason, scientific inquiry, and human fulfillment in the natural world and often rejects the importance of belief in God.
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Origin of humanism

First recorded in 1805–15; human + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM humanism

an·ti·hu·man·ism, nounsem·i·hu·man·ism, noun
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How to use humanism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for humanism

humanism
/ (ˈhjuːməˌnɪzəm) /

noun
the denial of any power or moral value superior to that of humanity; the rejection of religion in favour of a belief in the advancement of humanity by its own efforts
a philosophical position that stresses the autonomy of human reason in contradistinction to the authority of the Church
(often capital) a cultural movement of the Renaissance, based on classical studies
interest in the welfare of people

Derived forms of humanism

humanist, nounhumanistic, adjective
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