Definition of human being in English:

human being

Pronunciation /hjuːmənˈbiːɪŋ/

Translate human being into Spanish


  • A man, woman, or child of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance.

    ‘It is no use pointing out the obvious differences between human beings and all other animals.’
    • ‘There is a great effort by many human beings to control the animal populations.’
    • ‘We human beings differ from most animals in that we act upon nature to produce the things we want and need.’
    • ‘To call this process a sport is insulting to the animals and degrading to human beings.’
    • ‘It is as close to being a perfect food for them as it is for human beings and animals.’
    • ‘One may also be born as a human being with severe mental and physical disabilities.’
    • ‘I actually think that people had more chance to develop as rounded human beings in my school.’
    • ‘There's no room in this system for being treated like an individual human being.’
    • ‘The naked photo takes away these elements and shows the person as a human being.’
    • ‘For the cause of a human action is not an event at all, but an agent: a person, a human being.’
    • ‘At first sight, the distinction between a person and a human being might appear to be a specious one.’
    • ‘We would not let an animal suffer like this, so why should a human being be left to suffer?’
    • ‘It was appalling to see those broken bodies, human beings treated worse than dogs.’
    • ‘We may well decide that it was the most evil act ever perpetrated by human beings on fellow people.’
    • ‘Each day he has looked at a key issue facing us as a nation, as a people, as frail human beings.’
    • ‘Some men in this culture literally do not see women as human beings but as body parts.’
    • ‘People will argue that as intelligent human beings we are above basic instincts.’
    • ‘Yet these are human beings like you and me, people who think and feel, who hurt and can be hurt.’
    • ‘I am a mild mannered fellow with a respect for all good human beings and all religions and cultures.’
    • ‘He did not help me because of a divine instruction, but because of the shared values of human beings.’
    person, human being, personage, mortal, member of the human race