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[hyoo-man-i-tee or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmæn ɪ ti or, often, yu-/
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.
  1. the study of classical languages and classical literature.
  2. the Latin and Greek classics as a field of study.
  3. literature, philosophy, art, etc., as distinguished from the natural sciences.
  4. the study of literature, philosophy, art, etc.
Origin of humanity
1350-1400; Middle English humanite < Latin hūmānitās. See human, -ity
Related forms
antihumanity, noun, plural antihumanities.
overhumanity, noun
3. sympathy, tenderness, goodwill.
3. inhumanity, unkindness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for humanity
  • Honestly, humanity in general is a sad and sorry race.
  • The movie also draws a picture of race, military contractors and humanity colliding in a bad way.
  • Life stance emphasized the unique responsibility facing humanity and the ethical consequences of human decisions.
  • In humanity lies hope.
  • If humanity does not embrace reverence for the earth, we may soon be at the precipice of extinction.
  • The least likely scenario is that humanity will remain static.
  • The current world production of grains, which provide most of humanity's calories, is about two billion tons annually.
  • In the latter phase, there is hope for a return to humanity.
  • It is like a bitter curse, hurled against the fate of humanity.
  • Improving the global lot of humanity should be everyone's goal.
British Dictionary definitions for humanity


noun (pl) -ties
the human race
the quality of being human
kindness or mercy
(pl) the humanities, the study of literature, philosophy, and the arts
the study of Ancient Greek and Roman language, literature, etc
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Word Origin and History for humanity

late 14c., "kindness, graciousness," from Old French humanité, umanité "human nature; humankind, life on earth; pity," from Latin humanitatem (nominative humanitas) "human nature; philanthropy, kindness; good breeding, refinement; the human race, mankind," from humanus (see human). Sense of "human nature, human form" is c.1400; that of "human race" first recorded mid-15c.

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