Definition: Humanity

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Inherited from Middle English humanyte, humanite, humanitye. By surface analysis, human +‎ -ity. Partly displaced mankind, from Old English mancynn (literally “human race”).


humanity (countable and uncountable, plural humanities)

  1. Humankind, human beings as a group
  2. The human condition
  3. The quality of being benevolent
  4. Any academic subject belonging to the humanities.
    Philosophy is a humanity while psychology is a science.

Derived terms

  • crime against humanity
  • humanitarian
  • humanitarianism

Related terms

  • humanities
  • humane


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