[hyoo-man-i-tee or, often, yoo-]
noun, plural humanities.
all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind.
the quality or condition of being human; human nature.
the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.
the humanities.
the study of classical languages and classical literature.
the Latin and Greek classics as a field of study.
literature, philosophy, art, etc., as distinguished from the natural sciences.
the study of literature, philosophy, art, etc.

1350–1400; Middle English humanite < Latin hūmānitās. See human, -ity

antihumanity, noun, plural antihumanities.
overhumanity, noun

3. sympathy, tenderness, goodwill.

3. inhumanity, unkindness. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
humanity (hjuːˈmænɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  the human race
2.  the quality of being human
3.  kindness or mercy
4.  (plural) the humanities the study of literature, philosophy, and the arts
5.  the study of Ancient Greek and Roman language, literature, etc

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. humanité, from L. humanitatem (nom. humanitas) "human nature, humanity," from humanus (see human). Originally in English "kindness, graciousness;" sense of "human race" first recorded mid-15c. Humanities (L. literæ humaniores) were those
branches of literature (ancient classics, rhetoric, poetry) which tended to humanize or refine. Humanitarian (1819) originally was "one who affirms the humanity of Christ (but denies His divinity);" first used 1844 in modern sense of "one who advocates or practices human action;" usually disparaging at first, with a suggestion of excess.
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Cultural Dictionary

humanities definition

One of the main branches of learning. A scholar of the humanities studies history, literature, the fine arts, and philosophy.

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Example sentences
The divergence would seem to be in arts and humanities.
What goes for ethics also goes for history, literature, the rest of the
  humanities and the social sciences.
It all comes down to humanities definition of scale.
Children and adults alike experience regional educational programs in the
  sciences and humanities.
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