[hyoo-man-i-tee or, often, yoo-]
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noun, plural hu·man·i·ties.
  1. all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind.
  2. the quality or condition of being human; human nature.
  3. the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.
  4. 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.

Origin of humanity

1350–1400; Middle English humanite < Latin hūmānitās. See human, -ity
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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noun plural -ties
  1. the human race
  2. the quality of being human
  3. kindness or mercy
  4. the humanities (plural) the study of literature, philosophy, and the arts
  5. the study of Ancient Greek and Roman language, literature, etc
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Word Origin and History for humanity

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.

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