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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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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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