[ hyoo-man-i-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m or, often, yoo- ]
/ hyuˌmæn ɪˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm or, often, yu- /


humanitarian principles or practices.
  1. the doctrine that humanity's obligations are concerned wholly with the welfare of the human race.
  2. the doctrine that humankind may become perfect without divine aid.
Theology. the doctrine that Jesus Christ possessed a human nature only.

Origin of humanitarianism

First recorded in 1825–35; humanitarian + -ism

Related forms

hu·man·i·tar·i·an·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for humanitarianist


/ (hjuːˌmænɪˈtɛərɪəˌnɪzəm) /


humanitarian principles
  1. the doctrine that man's duty is to strive to promote the welfare of mankind
  2. the doctrine that man can achieve perfection through his own resources
theol the belief that Jesus Christ was only a mortal man

Derived Forms

humanitarianist, noun
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