humanism

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noun hu·man·ism \ˈhyü-mə-ˌni-zəm, ˈyü-\

Definition of humanism

  1. 1a :  devotion to the humanities :  literary cultureb :  the revival of classical letters, individualistic and critical spirit, and emphasis on secular concerns characteristic of the Renaissance

  2. 2 :  devotion to human welfare :  humanitarianism <renowned for his humanism>

  3. 3 :  a doctrine, attitude, or way of life centered on human interests or values; especially :  a philosophy that usually rejects supernaturalism and stresses an individual's dignity and worth and capacity for self-realization through reason

humanist

play \ˈhyü-mə-nist, ˈyü-\ noun or adjective

humanistic

play \ˌhyü-mə-ˈni-stik, ˌyü-\ adjective

humanistically

play \ˌhyü-mə-ˈni-sti-k(ə-)lē, ˌyü-\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of humanism

see 1human


First Known Use: 1836


HUMANISM Defined for English Language Learners

humanism

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noun hu·man·ism \ˈhyü-mə-ˌni-zəm, ˈyü-\

Definition of humanism for English Language Learners

  • : a system of values and beliefs that is based on the idea that people are basically good and that problems can be solved using reason instead of religion



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