Humanity definition

hyo͝o-mănĭ-tē
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The quality of being humane; benevolence.
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The condition or quality of being human.
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A humane characteristic, attribute, or act.
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Human qualities or characteristics, esp. those considered desirable.
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The fact or quality of being human; human nature.
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The human race; mankind; people.
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The fact or quality of being humane; kindness, mercy, sympathy, etc.
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The definition of humanity is the entire human race or the characteristics that belong uniquely to human beings, such as kindness, mercy and sympathy.

An example of humanity is all the people in the world.

An example of humanity is treating someone with kindness.

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Those branches of knowledge, such as philosophy, literature, and art, that are concerned with human thought and culture; the liberal arts.
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The human condition or nature.
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The quality of being benevolent.
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Humane traits of character; humane qualities or aspects.
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The languages and literatures of ancient Greece and Rome; the classics.
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Mankind; human beings as a group.
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Humans considered as a group; the human race.
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the humanities
  • languages and literature, esp. those of the classical Greeks and Romans
  • the branches of learning concerned with human thought and relations, as distinguished from the sciences: literature, philosophy, history, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
humanity
Plural:
humanities

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the humanities

Origin of humanity

  • Middle English humanite from Old French from Latin hūmānitās from hūmānus human human

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English humanitye, from Old French humanité, from Latin humanitas (“human nature, humanity, also humane conduct”), from humanus (“human, humane”); see human, humane. The interjection was first used ("Oh, the humanity!") by Herbert Morrison reporting on the Hindenburg disaster.

    From Wiktionary