man kind

mankind

[man-kahynd for 1; man-kahynd for 2]
noun
1.
the human race; human beings collectively without reference to sex; humankind.
2.
men, as distinguished from women.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see man1, kind2

premankind, noun

humankind, mankind, womankind.


See -man.
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mankind (ˌmænˈkaɪnd)
 
n
1.  human beings collectively; humanity
2.  men collectively, as opposed to womankind
 
usage  Nowadays many people object to the use of mankind to refer to all human beings and use the term humankind instead

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mankind
O.E. mancynn, from man (n.) + cynn "kin" (see kind (n.)).
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