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Definitions for humanity
hyuˈmæn ɪ ti; often yu-hu·man·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. humanitynoun

    the quality of being humane

  2. humanness, humanity, manhoodnoun

    the quality of being human

    "he feared the speedy decline of all manhood"

  3. world, human race, humanity, humankind, human beings, humans, mankind, mannoun

    all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

    "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"


  1. humanitynoun

    Mankind; human beings as a group.

  2. humanitynoun

    The human condition or nature.

  3. humanitynoun

    The quality of being benevolent.

  4. Etymology: From humanitye, from humanité, from humanitas, from humanus; see human, humane. The interjection was first used ("Oh, the humanity!") by Herbert Morrison reporting on the.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Humanitynoun

    Etymology: humanité, French; humanitas, Latin.

    Look to thyself; reach not beyond humanity. Philip Sidney.

    A rarer spirit never did steer humanity. William Shakespeare.

    The middle of humanity thou never knewest, but the extremity of both ends. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    To preserve the Hebrew intire and uncorrupt, there hath been used the highest caution humanity could invent. Brown.

    If he can untie those knots, he is able to teach all humanity, and will do well to oblige mankind by his informations. Joseph Glanvill.

    All men ought to maintain peace, and the common offices of humanity and friendship in diversity of opinions. John Locke.

    How few, like thee, enquire the wretched out,
    And court the offices of soft humanity?
    Like thee reserve their raiment for the naked,
    Reach out their bread to feed the crying orphan,
    Or mix their pitying tears with those that weep? Nicholas Rowe.


  1. Humanity

    Humanity refers collectively to humans.


  1. humanity

    Humanity refers to the collective characteristics, qualities, and behaviors that define human beings as a species. It encompasses the principles of compassion, empathy, kindness, and understanding towards others. Humanity also encompasses the pursuit of knowledge, creativity, ethics, and moral values to improve the overall well-being and progress of society. It entails recognizing and respecting the inherent dignity and worth of every individual, irrespective of race, gender, religion, or any other societal divisions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humanitynoun

    the quality of being human; the peculiar nature of man, by which he is distinguished from other beings

  2. Humanitynoun

    mankind collectively; the human race

  3. Humanitynoun

    the quality of being humane; the kind feelings, dispositions, and sympathies of man; especially, a disposition to relieve persons or animals in distress, and to treat all creatures with kindness and tenderness

  4. Humanitynoun

    mental cultivation; liberal education; instruction in classical and polite literature

  5. Humanitynoun

    the branches of polite or elegant learning; as language, rhetoric, poetry, and the ancient classics; belles-letters

  6. Etymology: [L. humanitas: cf. F. humanit. See Human.]


  1. Humanity

    Humanity is the debut album from Japanese Hardcore punk group The Mad Capsule Markets. They later re-released the album in 1996, and This was the only full album that guitarist Minoru Kojima played on. This version features a few of the songs which were censored songs from P.O.P Although The original version of San Byoukan no Jisatsu contains an extra line "Tobioriru no sa!" This line was xxxxxx-ed on P.O.P and has been totally silenced on the re-release of Humanity and on the Best of 1990-1996 CD.Also, on the insert for the re-release of Humanity the "Jisatsu" on the tracklist has been scribbled out. The original pressing of the album came with a free newspaper clipping, which had information on the band.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Humanity

    hū-man′it-i, n. the nature peculiar to a human being: the kind feelings of man: benevolence: tenderness: mankind collectively:—pl. Human′ities, in Scotland, grammar, rhetoric, Latin, Greek, and poetry, so called from their humanising effects.—Professor of Humanity, in Scotch universities, the professor of Latin. [Fr.,—L. humanitashumanushomo, a man.]

Editors Contribution

  1. humanity

    Human beings as a collective group of people or family.

    Humanity is united with universal beings to cocreate peace, harmony, balance, justice, truth and prosperity on planet earth for the benefit of everyone.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'humanity' in Nouns Frequency: #2648

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of humanity in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of humanity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of humanity in a Sentence

  1. Suniya Luthar:

    Just like children need ongoing, unconditional support to manage in the face of unrelenting, high levels of stress, we grown-ups need exactly the same thing, who doesn't need love, and who doesn't need more love at this point in history, when humanity has been collectively traumatized.

  2. Rashad Robinson:

    It's unacceptable that our leaders continue to fail to deliver, the Democrats got the majority and they can't keep telling our community to put aside our safety, our dignity, our humanity in the face of unchecked violent policing.

  3. Christen Kuikoua:

    I am a son or daughter of Earth, made for justice, Just all of us are , let no man do evil, for in the light of compassion, we find the true strength to overcome the darkness that seeks to shroud our shared humanity.”

  4. Ryan Pack:

    Capital punishment: Capital punishment has no role in a perfect world. But since the world we live in is far from perfect I say reserve it only for the offenders who justly deserve it. We as humanity need to strive for and accomplish a just and peaceful world so that way we can abolish capital punishment altogether.

  5. United Nations:

    Humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.

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  • Jamaica Iochakei Williams
    Jamaica Iochakei Williams
    If we had more leaders to use humanity as a action word maybe we would see a difference in the human race
    LikeReply8 years ago
    • Jamaica Iochakei Williams
      Jamaica Iochakei Williams
      It should be a law,
      LikeReply 18 years ago

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