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humanitarianism

[hyoo-man-i-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m or, often, yoo-] /hyuˌmæn ɪˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm or, often, yu-/
noun
1.
humanitarian principles or practices.
2.
Ethics.
  1. the doctrine that humanity's obligations are concerned wholly with the welfare of the human race.
  2. the doctrine that humankind may become perfect without divine aid.
3.
Theology. the doctrine that Jesus Christ possessed a human nature only.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; humanitarian + -ism
Related forms
humanitarianist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for humanitarianist

humanitarianism

/hjuːˌmænɪˈtɛərɪəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
humanitarian principles
2.
(ethics)
  1. the doctrine that man's duty is to strive to promote the welfare of mankind
  2. the doctrine that man can achieve perfection through his own resources
3.
(theol) the belief that Jesus Christ was only a mortal man
Derived Forms
humanitarianist, noun
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Word Origin and History for humanitarianist

humanitarianism

n.

by 1794 as a Christian theological position, from humanitarian + -ism. Sense related to ethical benevolence attested by 1838.

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