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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. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

  2. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

  3. John Stuart Mill:

    If all mankind minus one were of one opinion and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that person that he, if he had the power, would be in silencing mankind… If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

  4. Clare Weedon:

    I want to be able to go down in history, i want to be able to say I made a difference to the future of mankind.

  5. Matthew Marcus:

    Mankind will never say ‘ok it’s fast enough we’re good.’ The more speed they provide the more opportunity there is to invent and innovate.

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    • A. contribution
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