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humanist

[ hyoo-muh-nist or, often, yoo- ]
/ ˈhyu mə nɪst or, often, ˈyu- /
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noun
adjective Also hu·man·is·tic [hyoo-muh-nis-tik, or, often, yoo‐] /ˌhyu məˈnɪs tɪk, or, often, ˌyu‐/
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Origin of humanist

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

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Cultural definitions for 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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