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[ man-kahynd man-kahynd ]


  1. the human race; human beings collectively without reference to gender; humankind:

    It is no longer possible, if it ever was, for a single human brain to hold all of mankind's scientific knowledge.

  2. men, as distinguished from women:

    Some still maintain that mankind is stronger, braver, smarter than womankind, but many others consider that absolute nonsense.


/ ˌmænˈkaɪnd /


  1. human beings collectively; humanity
  2. men collectively, as opposed to womankind

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Nowadays many people object to the use of mankind to refer to all human beings and use the term humankind instead

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Gender Note

Is man gender-neutral? See man.

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Other Words From

  • premankind noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mankind1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; man ( def ) + kind 2( def )

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Example Sentences

It was a giant leap for mankind—using a picture to portray a sound.

She says, “Birds are not aggressive creatures… It is mankind, rather who insists upon making it difficult for life to exist on this planet.”

“It is well documented that fossil fuel emission is very harmful to mankind, claiming 9 million deaths yearly,” he told the group.

From Fortune

This is for the first time in the history of mankind when more than 70% of countries – which include developed, developing, and underdeveloped nations – are under lockdown.

In spite of this, it was the sheer ingenuity of the Roman army engineers that brought victory to the Romans in what might have been the largest naval battle in the history of mankind.

Kennedy: "Mankind must put an end to war — or war will put an end to mankind."

The current attack on the Jews,” he wrote in a 1937 essay, “targets not just this people of 15 million but mankind as such.

Heracles goes on his twelve labours, not to better mankind, but to achieve immortality and atone for his own sins.

If I had an idea that mankind could be cured, I should not believe in God.

The rest of the essays and lectures in The Masters of Mankind show how Chomsky insists on breaking all the rules.

His hero, Gulliver, discovers race after race of beings who typify the genera in his classification of mankind.

In the old world, poverty seemed, and poverty was, the natural and inevitable lot of the greater portion of mankind.

And it would be hard indeed, if so remote a prince's notions of virtue and vice were to be offered as a standard for all mankind.

The ne'er-do-well blew, like seed before the wind, to distant places, but mankind at large stayed at home.

Eve, too, lovely as she is, seems to bear no likelihood of resemblance to Milton's superb mother of mankind.


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