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nounplural noun humanities

  • 1The human race; human beings collectively.

    ‘appalling crimes against humanity’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is there any evidence that either of these men were actually complicit in crimes against humanity?’
    • ‘It is recognised as a crime against humanity under international law.’
    • ‘What were once considered acts of war can now be deemed crimes against humanity.’
    • ‘Combining astrology with psychology is one way we can help our clients and another way for us to better understand humanity.’
    • ‘Nevertheless one cannot help but be stunned not only by the wonder of the universe but by how humanity has come to understand it.’
    • ‘Some thirty thousand years ago, at the time considered the dawn of humanity, five races were dominant.’
    • ‘I hope that most of humanity will someday understand, but that is not who I'm talking to right now.’
    • ‘We believe it is the duty of everyone who cares about humanity to stand up and build the resistance to this barbarous war.’
    • ‘So, why is it that the organs which we use to procreate humanity are considered improper to expose to others?’
    • ‘Serving humanity through compassion and serving humanity through compulsion are two different things.’
    • ‘We may have obligations to all humanity but we have a much more special relationship with fellow citizens.’
    • ‘The day that we lose compassion for our fellow human beings will be a sad day indeed for humanity.’
    • ‘He considered it central to the adaptation of modern humanity to changing social realities.’
    • ‘It is time to put petty partisan politics aside, and unite for the common good of humanity.’
    • ‘Many today question the ability of humanity to deal with the problems that arise as part of the industrial process.’
    • ‘A new historical era has begun and its outcome will determine the fate of humanity for decades to come.’
    • ‘That is the sort of behaviour that gets humanity into trouble, time and time again.’
    humankind, the human race, the human species, mankind, man, people, mortals
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    1. 1.1The fact or condition of being human; human nature.
      ‘music is the universal language with which we can express our common humanity’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What is clear is that he attempts to look beneath weirdness to find the common thread of humanity between him and his subject.’
      • ‘Helping Africa get on it feet is in our interest from the perspective of our common humanity.’
      • ‘This catastrophe has at least had the holistic consequence of making us aware of our common humanity.’
      • ‘As men and women, we can never do too much to assert our common humanity across color lines.’
      • ‘Laughter can be a spark that bridges the culture gap and reminds us of our common humanity.’
      • ‘It is there, in birth, in sickness, in recovery, and ultimately in death that we can all find our common humanity.’
      • ‘Good can only be accomplished by reaching out in compassion for our common humanity.’
      • ‘The walking dead have been stripped of their humanity, and though animated they have lost their sense of self.’
      • ‘Without trust there can be no shared morality or, for that matter, shared humanity.’
      human nature, humanness, mortality, flesh and blood
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  • 2Humaneness; benevolence.

    ‘he praised them for their standards of humanity, care, and dignity’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With just a look or a gesture that spoke so much more than words, she would reveal to all of us the depth of her compassion and her humanity.’
    • ‘Yet its gentleness and humanity do not preclude a mule-kick of emotional power.’
    • ‘We are grateful for the tolerance and humanity of the court panel as the trial unfolded.’
    • ‘Doing it all with a gentleness and humanity that does not deserve criticism.’
    • ‘From romance to misery via joyful polka, Morris crams this gentle work with humanity.’
    • ‘When it comes to compassion and humanity, everyone I talk to is furious over such behaviour.’
    • ‘Can they not show some humanity and understanding and allow the people for whom this seems to work to use it?’
    • ‘Here's hoping that the Year of Horse will be a year of compassion, humanity and truthfulness.’
    • ‘Nor were they constrained by considerations of humanity or morality.’
    • ‘Vera also cares for her elderly mother, and supports her frail neighbours with an air of compassion and humanity.’
    • ‘The tone in my voice, devoid of all compassion or even humanity, was much more frightening than my words.’
    • ‘Her nobility, humanity, and loyalty won her wide esteem and sympathy.’
    • ‘Compassion and a show of humanity is not weakness, nor is showing concern for a group of people other than ourselves.’
    • ‘His worst crime was his refusal to show compassion and humanity to his flawed creation.’
    • ‘Many doctors start off caring and being in touch with their essential humanity at the outset of their training or career.’
    • ‘Perhaps this explained something of the compassion she had for her patients and her sheer humanity.’
    • ‘And in Britain, at least, the tests are conducted with humanity and only when there is a benefit in sight.’
    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
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  • 3humanitiesLearning or literature concerned with human culture, especially literature, history, art, music, and philosophy.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Within the humanities, literature is the domain in which beauty is allied to truth.’
    • ‘The program could be adapted for use at the high school level for classes in humanities and history.’
    • ‘Casual employment has been the curse of young scholars working in the humanities.’
    • ‘Thus there may be a revival in the humanities, having a favourable effect on Australia's cultural level.’
    • ‘Upon further inquiries, I was told that humanities combines the study of geography and history.’
    • ‘Many of us hold the belief that the true value of an education in the humanities can be measured by the anecdotes it yields over dinner.’
    • ‘Remember that media people are usually educated in the humanities, not in science.’
    • ‘Less easy to state was a possible solution, given both the vast complexity of modern science and the fragmentation of the humanities.’
    • ‘We've had people give us scholarships aimed specifically at the social sciences and humanities.’
    • ‘Art is a key to understanding the humanities, the sciences, history and the world.’
    • ‘Mornings focus on literacy and numeracy, while afternoons are spent on humanities, science and sport.’
    • ‘The buildings at the college include a new drama studio, new classrooms for teaching English and the humanities and a new courtyard.’
    • ‘I had an interesting conversation last night comparing this with the humanities.’
    • ‘An educated person would be expected to be well versed in both natural science and the humanities.’
    • ‘In contrast, applicants for humanities, medicine, arts and sports are ever increasing.’
    • ‘This goes to illustrate the academic standards for humanities and social sciences in the past half century.’
    • ‘At the same time, courses in business studies and the humanities are oversubscribed.’
    liberal arts, arts, literature
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/hyo͞oˈmanədē/ /hjuˈmænədi/


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