[hyoo-muh-nist or, often, yoo-]
a person having a strong interest in or concern for human welfare, values, and dignity.
a person devoted to or versed in the humanities.
a student of human nature or affairs.
a classical scholar.
(sometimes initial capital letter) any one of the scholars of the Renaissance who pursued and disseminated the study and understanding of the cultures of ancient Rome and Greece, and emphasized secular, individualistic, and critical thought.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a person who follows a form of scientific or philosophical humanism.
of or pertaining to human affairs, nature, welfare, or values.
(sometimes initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the humanities or classical scholarship, especially that of the Renaissance humanists.
of or pertaining to philosophical or scientific humanism.

1580–90; < Italian umanista. See human, -ist

humanistic, adjective
humanistically, adverb
antihumanist, noun, adjective
antihumanistic, adjective
nonhumanist, noun
nonhumanistic, adjective
pseudohumanistic, adjective
quasi-humanistic, adjective
semihumanistic, adjective
unhumanistic, adjective Unabridged
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humanism (ˈhjuːməˌnɪzəm)
1.  the denial of any power or moral value superior to that of humanity; the rejection of religion in favour of a belief in the advancement of humanity by its own efforts
2.  a philosophical position that stresses the autonomy of human reason in contradistinction to the authority of the Church
3.  (often capital) a cultural movement of the Renaissance, based on classical studies
4.  interest in the welfare of people

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humanist definition

In the Renaissance, a scholar who studied the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome; today, a scholar of the humanities. The term secular humanist is applied to someone who concentrates on human activities and possibilities, usually downplaying or denying the importance of God and a life after death.

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Example sentences
He was well known for bringing a unique humanistic perspective to his students
  and patients.
From there, each of us went on to major in some humanistic discipline.
We still have a long way to go to a humanistic civilized society.
And through more holistic, more natural, more humanistic methods than those
  offered by mainstream medicine.
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