humanitarian

noun
hu·​man·​i·​tar·​i·​an | \ hyü-ˌma-nə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce humanitarian (audio) , yü- \

Definition of humanitarian

: a person promoting human welfare and social reform : philanthropist recognized as a great humanitarian for her work to end world hunger

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Other Words from humanitarian

humanitarian adjective
humanitarianism \ hyü-​ˌma-​nə-​ˈter-​ē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce humanitarian (audio) , yü-​ \ noun

Examples of humanitarian in a Sentence

She has been recognized as a great humanitarian for her efforts to end world hunger.
Recent Examples on the Web But the actor and humanitarian is undeterred by such occupational hazards. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, 23 July 2021 More recently, Geneva has been home to the United Nations’ European headquarters, its human rights office and scores of U.N.-affiliated bodies, multilateral institutions and humanitarian and advocacy groups — often with U.S. support. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 15 June 2021 That this has happened to a renowned humanitarian like Mr. Rusesabagina is an outrage that can’t be allowed to stand without a vociferous response. Keir Pearson And Tom Zoellner, WSJ, 15 June 2021 Our father was a great humanitarian and used his medical skills and research to help humankind. Jonathon Berlin, sun-sentinel.com, 21 May 2021 Instead, the team will add Nadia Nadim, a prolific goal-scorer and humanitarian who most recently played for Paris Saint-Germain. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 25 June 2021 Our father was a great humanitarian and used his medical skills and research to help humankind. Jonathon Berlin, sun-sentinel.com, 21 May 2021 Our father was a great humanitarian and used his medical skills and research to help humankind. Jonathon Berlin, sun-sentinel.com, 21 May 2021 Power said in her statement that an aid worker who worked with USAID was killed recently -- now the seventh humanitarian to be killed since November. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of humanitarian

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of humanitarian was in 1843

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“Humanitarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humanitarian. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for humanitarian

humanitarian

noun

English Language Learners Definition of humanitarian

: a person who works to make other people's lives better

humanitarian

noun
hu·​man·​i·​tar·​i·​an | \ hyü-ˌma-nə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce humanitarian (audio) , yü- \

Kids Definition of humanitarian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who works to improve the lives and living conditions of other people

humanitarian

adjective

Kids Definition of humanitarian (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or characteristic of people who work to improve the lives and living conditions of other people humanitarian efforts

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