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humanity

[ hyoo-man-i-tee or, often, yoo- ]
/ hyuˈmæn ɪ ti or, often, yu- /
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noun, plural hu·man·i·ties.

all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind.
the quality or condition of being human; human nature.
the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.
the humanities,
  1. the study of classical languages and classical literature.
  2. the Latin and Greek classics as a field of study.
  3. literature, philosophy, art, etc., as distinguished from the natural sciences.
  4. the study of literature, philosophy, art, etc.

RELATED WORDS

philosophy, arts, letters, belles-lettres

Nearby words

humanistic, humanistic psychology, humanitarian, humanitarianism, humanities, humanity, humanize, humankind, humanly, humanoid, humanzee

Origin of humanity

1350–1400; Middle English humanite < Latin hūmānitās. See human, -ity
SYNONYMS FOR humanity
Related formsan·ti·hu·man·i·ty, noun, plural an·ti·hu·man·i·ties.o·ver·hu·man·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for humanities

humanity

/ (hjuːˈmænɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the human race
the quality of being human
kindness or mercy
the humanities (plural) the study of literature, philosophy, and the arts
the study of Ancient Greek and Roman language, literature, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Culture definitions for humanities

humanities


One of the main branches of learning. A scholar of the humanities studies history, literature, the fine arts, and philosophy.

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