What does Humanist mean?

Definitions for Humanist
ˈhyu mə nɪst; often ˈyu-hu·man·ist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. humanistnoun

    a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts

  2. humanist, humanitarianadjective

    an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans

  3. humanistic, humanistadjective

    of or pertaining to Renaissance humanism

    "the humanistic revival of learning"

  4. humanist, humanisticadjective

    of or pertaining to a philosophy asserting human dignity and man's capacity for fulfillment through reason and scientific method and often rejecting religion

    "the humanist belief in continuous emergent evolution"- Wendell Thomas

  5. humanist, humanistic, humaneadjective

    pertaining to or concerned with the humanities

    "humanistic studies"; "a humane education"

  6. human-centered, human-centred, humanist, humanistic, humanitarianadjective

    marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare

    "a humane physician"; "released the prisoner for humanitarian reasons"; "respect and humanistic regard for all members of our species"


  1. Humanistnoun

    A person with a strong concern for human welfare, especially one who emphasizes the dignity and worth of individual people, rejecting claims of supernatural influences on humans, and stressing the need for people to achieve improvement of society and self-fulfillment through reason and to develop human-oriented ethical values without theism; an adherent of humanism.


  1. humanistnoun

    In the Renaissance, a scholar of Greek and Roman classics

  2. humanistnoun

    a scholar of one of the subjects in the humanities

  3. humanistnoun

    a person who believes in the philosophy of humanism

  4. humanistadjective

    relating to humanism or the humanities

  5. humanistadjective

    Resembling classical handwritten monumental Roman letters rather than the 19th-century grotesque typefaces.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Humanistnoun

    A philologer; a grammarian.

    Etymology: humaniste, French.


  1. humanist

    A humanist is an individual who adheres to the philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively. They generally prefer rational thinking over dogma, superstition, or religion, and often have a strong commitment to social and environmental justice, secularism, and human rights. Humanists usually believe that humans have the capability and responsibility to lead ethical lives that can contribute to more humane and harmonious societies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humanistnoun

    one of the scholars who in the field of literature proper represented the movement of the Renaissance, and early in the 16th century adopted the name Humanist as their distinctive title

  2. Humanistnoun

    one who purposes the study of the humanities, or polite literature

  3. Humanistnoun

    one versed in knowledge of human nature

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. humaniste.]


  1. Humanist

    Humanist is an international electronic seminar on humanities computing and the digital humanities, in the form of a long-running electronic mailing list and its associated archive. The primary aim of Humanist is to provide a forum for discussion of intellectual, scholarly, pedagogical, and social issues and for exchange of information among members. Humanist is also a publication of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations and the Office for Humanities Communication and an affiliated publication of the American Council of Learned Societies. As of 2008, there are 1650 subscribers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Humanist

    hū′man-ist, n. a student of polite literature: at the Renaissance, a student of Greek and Roman literature: a student of human nature.—n. Hū′manism, polite learning, literary culture: any system which puts human interests paramount.—adj. Humanist′ic.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Humanist

    one who at the Revival of Letters upheld the claims of classical learning in opposition to the supporters of the scholastic philosophy.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Humanist in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Humanist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Humanist in a Sentence

  1. Lex Bayer:

    Atheist Heart, Humanist Mind. a lot of atheists' books are about whether to believe in God or not.

  2. Congressman Antenor Duran:

    This initiative, as well as paying tribute to him seeks to ensure future generations know who this great Colombian, humanist, literary man and democrat was.

  3. Chris Cuomo:

    Fundamentally, my father was a humanist, he was very concerned with how people were treated.

  4. Hugh Hefner:

    I ’m an active humanist, i separated ways from the American feminist movement when they became anti-sexual. I believe embracing sexuality is a part of what it means to be free.

  5. John Hudson:

    We wanted to create a humanist sans serif with generous proportions and a higher than usual stroke contrast( also known as the variation in weight between thick and thin parts of the letter).

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