Definition of humanity in English:



  • 1The human race; human beings collectively.

    ‘appalling crimes against humanity’
    • ‘That is the sort of behaviour that gets humanity into trouble, time and time again.’
    • ‘She has charged the former general with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war.’
    • ‘What were once considered acts of war can now be deemed crimes against humanity.’
    • ‘Many today question the ability of humanity to deal with the problems that arise as part of the industrial process.’
    • ‘Those charges were expected to include war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.’
    • ‘Nevertheless one cannot help but be stunned not only by the wonder of the universe but by how humanity has come to understand it.’
    • ‘So, why is it that the organs which we use to procreate humanity are considered improper to expose to others?’
    • ‘We may have obligations to all humanity but we have a much more special relationship with fellow citizens.’
    • ‘He considered it central to the adaptation of modern humanity to changing social realities.’
    • ‘The day that we lose compassion for our fellow human beings will be a sad day indeed for humanity.’
    • ‘I hope that most of humanity will someday understand, but that is not who I'm talking to right now.’
    • ‘If the tape is as described, this seems a clear case of a crime against humanity.’
    • ‘We believe it is the duty of everyone who cares about humanity to stand up and build the resistance to this barbarous war.’
    • ‘Is there any evidence that either of these men were actually complicit in crimes against humanity?’
    • ‘It is time to put petty partisan politics aside, and unite for the common good of humanity.’
    • ‘Serving humanity through compassion and serving humanity through compulsion are two different things.’
    • ‘Combining astrology with psychology is one way we can help our clients and another way for us to better understand humanity.’
    • ‘Some thirty thousand years ago, at the time considered the dawn of humanity, five races were dominant.’
    • ‘A new historical era has begun and its outcome will determine the fate of humanity for decades to come.’
    • ‘It is recognised as a crime against humanity under international law.’
    humankind, the human race, the human species, mankind, man, people, mortals
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    1. 1.1 The fact or condition of being human; human nature.
      ‘music is the universal language with which we can express our common humanity’
      • ‘What is clear is that he attempts to look beneath weirdness to find the common thread of humanity between him and his subject.’
      • ‘Apart from anything else, it was felt to be a way of sharing a common humanity.’
      • ‘One of the historian's tasks, in contrast, is to honour the individuality and humanity of people in the past.’
      • ‘It is there, in birth, in sickness, in recovery, and ultimately in death that we can all find our common humanity.’
      • ‘Helping Africa get on it feet is in our interest from the perspective of our common humanity.’
      • ‘Bishop Spong believes the one thing all people of all races and all religions have in common, is humanity.’
      • ‘The walking dead have been stripped of their humanity, and though animated they have lost their sense of self.’
      • ‘As men and women, we can never do too much to assert our common humanity across color lines.’
      • ‘Laughter can be a spark that bridges the culture gap and reminds us of our common humanity.’
      • ‘Without trust there can be no shared morality or, for that matter, shared humanity.’
      • ‘Good can only be accomplished by reaching out in compassion for our common humanity.’
      • ‘This catastrophe has at least had the holistic consequence of making us aware of our common humanity.’
      human nature, humanness, mortality, flesh and blood
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  • 2Humaneness; benevolence.

    ‘he praised them for their standards of humanity, care, and dignity’
    • ‘We are grateful for the tolerance and humanity of the court panel as the trial unfolded.’
    • ‘The tone in my voice, devoid of all compassion or even humanity, was much more frightening than my words.’
    • ‘With just a look or a gesture that spoke so much more than words, she would reveal to all of us the depth of her compassion and her humanity.’
    • ‘Her nobility, humanity, and loyalty won her wide esteem and sympathy.’
    • ‘From romance to misery via joyful polka, Morris crams this gentle work with humanity.’
    • ‘Nor were they constrained by considerations of humanity or morality.’
    • ‘When it comes to compassion and humanity, everyone I talk to is furious over such behaviour.’
    • ‘Compassion and a show of humanity is not weakness, nor is showing concern for a group of people other than ourselves.’
    • ‘Yet its gentleness and humanity do not preclude a mule-kick of emotional power.’
    • ‘Doing it all with a gentleness and humanity that does not deserve criticism.’
    • ‘It's a good story, told with humor, humanity, and compassion.’
    • ‘And in Britain, at least, the tests are conducted with humanity and only when there is a benefit in sight.’
    • ‘Perhaps this explained something of the compassion she had for her patients and her sheer humanity.’
    • ‘Their lack of humanity, of compassion, of love, mars their very existence.’
    • ‘Vera also cares for her elderly mother, and supports her frail neighbours with an air of compassion and humanity.’
    • ‘Hale was remarkable for his scholarship and for his personal qualities of integrity and humanity.’
    • ‘His worst crime was his refusal to show compassion and humanity to his flawed creation.’
    • ‘Many doctors start off caring and being in touch with their essential humanity at the outset of their training or career.’
    • ‘Can they not show some humanity and understanding and allow the people for whom this seems to work to use it?’
    • ‘Here's hoping that the Year of Horse will be a year of compassion, humanity and truthfulness.’
    compassion, brotherly love, fellow feeling, humaneness, kindness, kind-heartedness, consideration, understanding, sympathy, tolerance, goodness, good-heartedness, gentleness, leniency, mercy, mercifulness, pity, tenderness, benevolence, charity, generosity, magnanimity
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  • 3humanitiesLearning or literature concerned with human culture, especially literature, history, art, music, and philosophy.

    • ‘Remember that media people are usually educated in the humanities, not in science.’
    • ‘My initial objective of law as well as my interests at the time led me to a curriculum that was heavily weighted in the humanities especially history.’
    • ‘We've had people give us scholarships aimed specifically at the social sciences and humanities.’
    • ‘Casual employment has been the curse of young scholars working in the humanities.’
    • ‘The program could be adapted for use at the high school level for classes in humanities and history.’
    • ‘At the same time, courses in business studies and the humanities are oversubscribed.’
    • ‘She was a warm person, I found out she was into arts, music, literature and humanities.’
    • ‘An educated person would be expected to be well versed in both natural science and the humanities.’
    • ‘In contrast, applicants for humanities, medicine, arts and sports are ever increasing.’
    • ‘Upon further inquiries, I was told that humanities combines the study of geography and history.’
    • ‘Within the humanities, literature is the domain in which beauty is allied to truth.’
    • ‘I had an interesting conversation last night comparing this with the humanities.’
    • ‘This goes to illustrate the academic standards for humanities and social sciences in the past half century.’
    • ‘Art is a key to understanding the humanities, the sciences, history and the world.’
    • ‘Mornings focus on literacy and numeracy, while afternoons are spent on humanities, science and sport.’
    • ‘Thus there may be a revival in the humanities, having a favourable effect on Australia's cultural level.’
    • ‘Less easy to state was a possible solution, given both the vast complexity of modern science and the fragmentation of the humanities.’
    • ‘The buildings at the college include a new drama studio, new classrooms for teaching English and the humanities and a new courtyard.’
    • ‘What value is the humanities to natural history, or natural history to the humanities?’
    • ‘Many of us hold the belief that the true value of an education in the humanities can be measured by the anecdotes it yields over dinner.’
    liberal arts, arts, literature
    classics, classical studies, classical languages, classical literature
    literae humaniores
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Middle English: from Old French humanite, from Latin humanitas, from humanus (see human).