What does humanity mean?

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.

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. Ryan Pack:

    Humanity is a disease that needs to be eradicated.

  2. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey:

    Philanthropic people lose all sense of Humanity, it is their distinguishing characteristic.

  3. Anthony Wilder Wohns:

    Simply put, what we did was we created the largest human family tree ever, we have a single genealogy that traces the ancestry of all of humanity, and shows how we're all related to each other today.

  4. Peace Pilgrim:

    We are all cells in the same body of humanity.

  5. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi:

    They are trying, with their barbarism and arrogance, to destroy the inheritance of humanity, the inheritance of Iraqi people and their civilization, [the] same way they destroyed humans, i want to send clear message from here in Baghdad, that we will preserve this human civilization and its inheritance, and we will pursue those who are trying to destroy it.

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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
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    • Jamaica Iochakei Williams
      Jamaica Iochakei Williams
      It should be a law,
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