Definition of humanity in English:

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Pronunciation: /hjʊˈmanɪti/

noun (plural humanities)

[mass noun]
1Human beings collectively: appalling crimes against humanity
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  • If the tape is as described, this seems a clear case of a crime against humanity.
  • She has charged the former general with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war.
  • Those charges were expected to include war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.
humankind, the human race, the human species, mankind, man, people, mortals;
Latin Homo sapiens
1.1The state of being human: our differences matter but our common humanity matters more
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  • One of the historian's tasks, in contrast, is to honour the individuality and humanity of people in the past.
  • Apart from anything else, it was felt to be a way of sharing a common humanity.
  • Bishop Spong believes the one thing all people of all races and all religions have in common, is humanity.
human nature, humanness, mortality, flesh and blood
2The quality of being humane; benevolence: he praised them for their standards of humanity and care
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  • Hale was remarkable for his scholarship and for his personal qualities of integrity and humanity.
  • It's a good story, told with humor, humanity, and compassion.
  • Their lack of humanity, of compassion, of love, mars their very existence.
compassion, brotherly love, fellow feeling, humaneness, kindness, kind-heartedness, consideration, understanding, sympathy, tolerance, goodness, good-heartedness, gentleness, leniency, mercy, mercifulness, pity, tenderness, benevolence, charity, generosity, magnanimity
3 (humanities) Learning concerned with human culture, especially literature, history, art, music, and philosophy.
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  • She was a warm person, I found out she was into arts, music, literature and humanities.
  • What value is the humanities to natural history, or natural history to the humanities?
  • My initial objective of law as well as my interests at the time led me to a curriculum that was heavily weighted in the humanities especially history.
liberal arts, arts, literature;
classics, classical studies, classical languages, classical literature;
Latin literae humaniores


Middle English: from Old French humanite, from Latin humanitas, from humanus (see human).

Words that rhyme with humanity

Christianity, inanity, profanity, sanity, urbanity, vanity

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