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litterae humaniores

[ lit-uh-ree hyoo-man-ee-awr-eez, -ohr-eez ]

plural noun

  1. the humanities as a field of study.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of litterae humaniores1

First recorded in 1740–50, litterae humaniores is from Medieval Latin litterae hūmāniōrēs literally, “more humane letters”

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