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humanity

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Pronunciation: /hjʊˈmanɪti
 
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Definition of humanity in English:

noun (plural humanities)

[mass noun]
1Human beings collectively: appalling crimes against humanity
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1The state of being human: our differences matter but our common humanity matters more
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
2The quality of being humane; benevolence: he praised them for their standards of humanity and care
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
3 (humanities) Learning concerned with human culture, especially literature, history, art, music, and philosophy.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
liberal arts, arts, literature;
classics, classical studies, classical languages, classical literature;
Latinliterae humaniores

Origin

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

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