What does humanism mean?

Definitions for humanism
ˈhyu məˌnɪz əm; often ˈyu-hu·man·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. humanitarianism, humanismnoun

    the doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare

  2. humanism, secular humanismnoun

    the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural

  3. humanismnoun

    the cultural movement of the Renaissance; based on classical studies


  1. Humanismnoun

    A doctrine or ethical point of view that emphasizes the dignity and worth of individual people, rejects claims of supernatural influences on humans, and stresses the need for people to achieve improvement of society and self-fulfillment through reason and to develop human-oriented ethical values without theism.


  1. humanismnoun

    The study of the humanities or the liberal arts; literary (especially classical) scholarship.

  2. humanismnoun

    Specifically, a cultural and intellectual movement in 14th-16th century Europe characterised by attention to Classical culture and a promotion of vernacular texts, notably during the Renaissance.

  3. humanismnoun

    An ethical system that centers on humans and their values, needs, interests, abilities, dignity and freedom; especially used for a secular one which rejects theistic religion and superstition.

  4. humanismnoun

    Humanitarianism, philanthropy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humanismnoun

    human nature or disposition; humanity

  2. Humanismnoun

    the study of the humanities; polite learning


  1. Humanism

    Humanism is a group of philosophies and ethical perspectives which emphasize the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers individual thought and evidence over established doctrine or faith. The term humanism can be ambiguously diverse, and there has been a persistent confusion between several related uses of the term because different intellectual movements have identified with it over time. In philosophy and social science, humanism refers to a perspective that affirms some notion of a "human nature". In modern times, many humanist movements have become strongly aligned with secularism, with the term Humanism often used as a byword for non-theistic beliefs about ideas such as meaning and purpose, however early humanists were often religious, such as Ulrich von Hutten who was a strong supporter of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Before the word was associated with secularism, German historian and philologist Georg Voigt used humanism in 1856 to describe the movement that flourished in the Italian Renaissance to revive classical learning; this definition won wide acceptance. During the Renaissance period in Western Europe, humanist movements attempted to demonstrate the benefit of gaining learning from classical, pre-Christian sources in and of themselves, or for secular ends such as political science and rhetoric. The word "humanist" derives from the 15th-century Italian term umanista describing a teacher or scholar of classical Greek and Latin literature and the ethical philosophy behind it, including the approach to the humanities.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Humanism

    An ethical system which emphasizes human values and the personal worth of each individual, as well as concern for the dignity and freedom of humankind.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of humanism in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of humanism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of humanism in a Sentence

  1. Antonin Scalia:

    In Torcaso v. Watkins, (1961), we did indeed refer to ‘secular humanism’ as a ‘religion’.

  2. Hugo Black:

    Among the religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, ethical culture, secular humanism and others.

  3. President Pranab Mukherjee:

    Humanism and pluralism should not be abandoned under any circumstance.

  4. William F. Buckley Jr., "The Wit and Wisdom of Vlad the Impaler":

    Knee-jerk liberals and all the certified saints of sanctified humanism are quick to condemn this great and much-maligned Transylvanian statesman.

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