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Definitions for mankind
ˈmænˈkaɪnd for 1 ; ˈmænˌkaɪnd for 2mankind

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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. mankindnoun

    The human race in its entirety.

  2. mankindnoun

    All male men as opposed to all women.

  3. Etymology: From mankinde, mankende, mankunde, mankuinde, alteration (due to kinde, kunde) of earlier mankin, mankun, mancun, from mancynn; equivalent to, and/or. Cognate with mankind, mankünne, mandkøn, mankön, mannkyn. See also mankin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mankindnoun

    Etymology: man and kind.

    Plato witnesseth, that soon after mankind began to increase, they built many cities. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the World.

    All mankind alike require their grace,
    All born to want; a miserable race. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    A mankind witch! hence with her, out o’ door:
    A most intelligency bawd! William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.


  1. mankind

    Mankind is a term used to refer to all human beings collectively, regardless of their sex or age. It is a term often used to express the concept of the human race as a whole, referring to shared qualities, characteristics, and experiences that define the human condition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mankindnoun

    the human race; man, taken collectively

  2. Mankindnoun

    men, as distinguished from women; the male portion of human race

  3. Mankindnoun

    human feelings; humanity

  4. Mankindadjective

    manlike; not womanly; masculine; bold; cruel

  5. Etymology: [AS. mancynn. See Kin kindred, Kind, n.]


  1. Mankind

    Mankind is the debut album by the American nu metal band Factory 81. It is to date the bands only album.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. mankind

    1. A nomadic savage that has wandered over the face of the earth from East to West in order to reach the East so it could go West again. It has left many traces of its life--barrooms, brothels, jails, churches, gallows, best sellers, etc. 2. In the animal kingdom, a surreptitious and supposititious supererogation. 3. Among the Simians a place equivalent to our hell. "Oh, you go to Mankind," is quite frequently heard in the African jungle, even in the best society.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mankind in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mankind in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of mankind in a Sentence

  1. Gregory Meeks:

    Putin is a brutal, evil person, … It is a betrayal of mankind for him to do what he's doing. …There's only one person that's responsible for the tragedy that's taking place right now … and his name is Vladimir Putin. And he's going to get his in the end.

  2. Charles M. Schulz:

    I know the answer The answer lies within the heart of all mankind The answer is twelve I think I'm in the wrong building.

  3. Taleb Rifai:

    They do have some challenges, especially in rebuilding their image and how they appeal to others, but it's a fantastically rich country, when it comes to cultural heritage, one of the richest civilisations mankind has ever seen.

  4. Martin Luther King Jr., The Christmas Sermon On Peace in on Dec 24, 1967:

    Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete. There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force... If we assume that life is worth living, if we assume that mankind has the right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war.

  5. Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) "Life and Human Nature":

    There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

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