hu·​man·​i·​ty hyü-ˈma-nə-tē How to pronounce humanity (audio)
plural humanities
: compassionate, sympathetic, or generous behavior or disposition : the quality or state of being humane
bespeaking humanity for the enemy in the midst of a bloody struggleC. G. Bowers
: the quality or state of being human
joined together by their common humanity
humanities plural : human attributes or qualities
his work has the ripeness of the 18th century, and its rough humanitiesPamela H. Johnson
humanities plural : the branches of learning (such as philosophy, arts, or languages) that investigate human constructs (see construct entry 2 sense 1a) and concerns as opposed to natural processes (as in physics or chemistry) and social relations (as in anthropology or economics)
: the totality of human beings : the human race : humankind
a fierce compassion for the woes of humanityMaurice Bowra

Examples of humanity in a Sentence

We appealed to his sense of humanity. These discoveries will be of benefit to all humanity. She was cut off from the rest of humanity. the college of arts and humanities He's taking courses in both the sciences and the humanities.
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Word History


see human entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of humanity was in the 14th century

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“Humanity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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hu·​man·​i·​ty hyü-ˈman-ət-ē How to pronounce humanity (audio)
plural humanities
: the quality or state of being human or of being humane
plural : studies (as literature, history, and art) concerned primarily with human culture
: the whole collection of human beings both past and present

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