humanitarian [hyoo-man-i- tair-ee- uh n , yoo-] or, often Word Origin See more synonyms for humanitarian on Thesaurus.com having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people. of or relating to ethical or theological humanitarianism. pertaining to the saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering: a humanitarian crisis. a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, as a philanthropist. a person who professes ethical or theological humanitarianism. Related forms an·ti·hu·man·i·tar·i·an, adjective, noun sem·i·hu·man·i·tar·i·an, adjective, noun un·hu·man·i·tar·i·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unhumanitarian having the interests of mankind at heart of or relating to ethical or theological humanitarianism a philanthropist an adherent of humanitarianism
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Word Origin and History for unhumanitarian humanitarian n.
1794 (n.) in the theological sense "one who affirms the humanity of Christ but denies his pre-existence and divinity," from
humanity + suffix from unitarian, etc.; see humanism. Meaning "philanthropist, one who advocates or practices human action to solve social problems" is from 1842, originally disparaging, with a suggestion of excess. As an adjective, by 1834.
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