humanism

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

Definition of humanism

1 a :devotion to the humanities :literary culture
b :the revival of classical letters, individualistic and critical spirit, and emphasis on secular concerns characteristic of the Renaissance
2 :devotion to human welfare :humanitarianism
  • renowned for his humanism
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

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Origin and Etymology of humanism

see 1human


HUMANISM Defined for English Language Learners

humanism

noun

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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