Definition of humanity in English:

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Pronunciation: /(h)yo͞oˈmanədē/

noun (plural humanities)

1The human race; human 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.
1.1The fact or condition of being human; human nature: music is the universal language with which we can express our common humanity
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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.
2Humaneness; benevolence: he praised them for their standards of humanity, care, and dignity
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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.
3 (humanities) Learning or literature 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.
arts, liberal arts, literature, philosophy;
classics, classical studies, classical literature


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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Syllabification: hu·man·i·ty

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