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[man-kahynd for 1; man-kahynd for 2] /ˈmænˈkaɪnd for 1; ˈmænˌkaɪnd for 2/
the human race; human beings collectively without reference to sex; humankind.
men, as distinguished from women.
Origin of mankind
1250-1300; Middle English; see man1, kind2
Related forms
premankind, noun
Can be confused
humankind, mankind, womankind.
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mankind
  • But mankind has produced tens of thousands of human ones, including in our prison system.
  • Name one fire anytime in the history of mankind that totally dissolved, disintegrated, pulverized human flesh.
  • The list goes on-the benefits to mankind are manifold.
  • Nevertheless mankind is able to move enormous blocks over long distance since thousands of years.
  • More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads.
  • There are some who insist that mankind has gone clean crazy.
  • mankind has borne him and raised him and he is the direct, unfeigned expression of mankind's innermost, deepest-hidden urges.
  • The authors argue that mankind has at last become the first species capable of deliberately directing its own evolution.
  • Mission controllers cheered, champagne corks popped, and there were grand declarations about mankind's bold steps into space.
  • It has designed mankind to cope with deprivation, not plenty.
British Dictionary definitions for mankind


human beings collectively; humanity
men collectively, as opposed to womankind
Usage note
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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Word Origin and History for mankind

"the human race," c.1300, earlier man-kende (early 13c.), from man (n.) + kind (n.). Replaced Old English mancynn "human race." Also used occasionally in Middle English for "male persons" (late 14c.), but otherwise preserving the original gender neutrality of man (n.). For "menfolk, the male sex," menkind (late 14c.) and menskind (1590s) have been used.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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