noun, plural hu·man·i·ties.
- the study of classical languages and classical literature.
- the Latin and Greek classics as a field of study.
- literature, philosophy, art, etc., as distinguished from the natural sciences.
- the study of literature, philosophy, art, etc.
- humanistic psychology,
Origin of humanity
Examples from the Web for humanities
The doctors promise that the initiative will “disarm the boundaries between psychiatry, humanities, and hip-hop culture.”Hip-Hop Psychology: Using Music to Fight Mental Illness|Charlotte Lytton|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only eight percent of American college students now major in the humanities.
No one studies the humanities or fine arts for their practical value.
Higher education suffers from a breakdown of the humanities.
That kind of thinking is extremely dangerous because it puts the humanities under siege.Legendary Documentarian Frederick Wiseman Shows Us How Berkeley Works|Nico Hines|November 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was affected below all the surface that worldly thoughts and habits had laid, stratum by stratum, over the humanities within.Night and Morning, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I remember my humanities well enough to teach her all the Latin, Greek, and mathematics she needs.The Master of Warlock|George Cary Eggleston
On anything that could be related to the humanities he's very slow, but in the physical sciences he's out of this world.The Short Life|Francis Donovan
They plied a simple, primitive agriculture, practised a primitive healing art, and otherwise evolved The Humanities.Feminism and Sex-Extinction|Arabella Kenealy
It no longer forms part of the humanities, it no longer gives man the honor of a separate rank.Amiel's Journal|Henri-Frdric Amiel
noun plural -ties
1702; plural of humanity, which was used in English from late 15c. in a sense "class of studies concerned with human culture" (opposed variously at different times to divinity or sciences). Latin literae humaniores, they were those branches of literature (ancient classics, rhetoric, poetry) which tended to humanize or refine.
late 14c., "kindness, graciousness," from Old French humanité, umanité "human nature; humankind, life on earth; pity," from Latin humanitatem (nominative humanitas) "human nature; philanthropy, kindness; good breeding, refinement; the human race, mankind," from humanus (see human). Sense of "human nature, human form" is c.1400; that of "human race" first recorded mid-15c.