[hyoo-muh-nist or, often, yoo-]


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

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humanistic

Word Origin and History for humanistic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for humanistic


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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