Definition of humankind in English:



mass noun
  • Human beings considered collectively (used as a neutral alternative to ‘mankind’)

    ‘the origin of humankind’
    • ‘Obviously I'm a mild mannered man with an unending love for humankind, and I only ever see the best in people.’
    • ‘The blood and tears of this past week are a reminder, terror is as old as humankind.’
    • ‘Neanderthal man bore enough similarities to modern man to have once been thought to be the species humankind evolved from.’
    • ‘That is not to say that with effort and discipline humankind cannot manage some amazing achievements of thought.’
    • ‘Today, humankind has the science and technology to destroy itself or to provide prosperity to all.’
    • ‘Though leavened with humour, the play is a dispassionate survey of humankind's folly.’
    • ‘If this is true, it is a testament to the fact that advances in technology do not always represent progress for humankind.’
    • ‘How can humankind's darkest hour be conveyed by a medium fundamentally committed to entertainment?’
    • ‘Conscience and science must go hand in hand to prevent the destruction of humankind.’
    • ‘That, alone, raises the most terrifying prospects for the future of humankind.’
    • ‘The seabed is explicitly called the common heritage of humankind and cannot be claimed by any one country.’
    • ‘In its seeming ambiguity yet divine reality it remains free of the influence of humankind and our lusts.’
    • ‘These finely-tuned killing machines have fascinated humankind for centuries.’
    • ‘Such pursuit is an inherent part of living in a fallen world that is subject to the sins of humankind.’
    • ‘It should have made us all proud to be of such brotherhood of humankind.’
    • ‘Some people have done so much for humankind that their names write history.’
    • ‘Yet knowledgeable economists agree that these restrictions are bad for humankind.’
    • ‘Outer space is a common heritage of all humankind to be shared and appreciated with awe.’
    • ‘They are the enemies of democracy and the enemies of all humankind.’
    • ‘Trees with unsafe limbs can be pruned or pollarded at the correct time of year to extend their life and keep their benefit for humankind.’
    the human race, the human species, humanity, mankind, man, people, mortals
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