humanitarians

humanitarian

[hyoo-man-i-tair-ee-uhn or, often, yoo-]
adjective
1.
having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people.
2.
of or pertaining to ethical or theological humanitarianism.
3.
pertaining to the saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering: a humanitarian crisis.
noun
4.
a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, as a philanthropist.
5.
a person who professes ethical or theological humanitarianism.

Origin:
1810–20; humanit(y) + -arian

antihumanitarian, adjective, noun
semihumanitarian, adjective, noun
unhumanitarian, adjective
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humanitarian (hjuːˌmænɪˈtɛərɪən)
 
adj
1.  having the interests of mankind at heart
2.  of or relating to ethical or theological humanitarianism
 
n
3.  a philanthropist
4.  an adherent of humanitarianism

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