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Syllabification: hu·man·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)yo͞oməˌnizəm

Definition of humanism in English:


1An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.
Example sentences
  • The roots of ethnology lay, in turn, in the traditions of natural history, moral philosophy and humanism.
  • This has something to do with humanism, and humanist rationality.
  • Teaching humanism would be one important step towards ensuring that school education reflects their views.
1.1 (often Humanism) A Renaissance cultural movement that turned away from medieval scholasticism and revived interest in ancient Greek and Roman thought.
Example sentences
  • Renaissance humanism gradually replaced the medieval scholastic tradition from which it emerged.
  • Of the forces springing from the European Renaissance, humanism and the influence of classical learning came first.
  • If there is any one aspect of the Renaissance that can be said to have been characteristic, that must surely be the movement known as humanism.
1.2(Among some contemporary writers) a system of thought criticized as being centered on the notion of the rational, autonomous self and ignoring the unintegrated and conditioned nature of the individual.
Example sentences
  • Historically, however, this tension has been a highly creative one, helping develop both a more rational humanism and a science of humanity compelled to address the exceptional character of human nature.
  • Enlightenment humanism freed the individual from the status quo of natural identity, allowing humanity to reach beyond self, to change rather than simply be.
  • The ideology that did most to sustain capitalism was humanism, the belief in man as the free, autonomous origin of history.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • He seems in fact to have died much as he had lived, a witty and sceptical humanist.
  • Some call themselves humanists, some freethinkers.
  • The other line of argument in these chapters reflects an even more scornful rejection of conventional humanist morality.


Pronunciation: /ˌ(h)yo͞oməˈnistik/
Example sentences
  • Another and more familiar way of putting this is to say that this constitutes the humanistic understanding of being.
  • This is the only way of respecting and defending any humanistic aspect of any culture in the world.
  • Their care was greatly influenced by humanistic and philosophical ideas.


Pronunciation: /ˌ(h)yo͞oməˈnistik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • ‘Intellectually and humanistically, it's an extraordinarily rewarding profession,’ he said.
  • But both are profoundly human questions, for us, and they can only be answered, in the end, humanistically.
  • The landscape painting was accessible not only to a limited group of the humanistically educated but also to a broad segment of the population.

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