Definition of humanity
1 : 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 struggle — C. G. Bowers
2a : the quality or state of being human joined together by their common humanityb humanities plural : human attributes or qualities his work has the ripeness of the 18th century, and its rough humanities — Pamela H. Johnson
3 humanities plural : the branches of learning (such as philosophy, arts, or languages) that investigate human constructs (see 2construct 1a) and concerns as opposed to natural processes (as in physics or chemistry) and social relations (as in anthropology or economics)
4 : the totality of human beings : the human race : humankind a fierce compassion for the woes of humanity — Maurice 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.
Recent Examples of humanity from the Web
My snapshot with Steinem seemed to be saying something about this common humanity.
All had precisely honed insights about the nature of humanity and of evil that remade expectations of what TV could do.
His friends and family came from around the country to tell stories about him, about his essential humanity.
If Mars is humanity’s next frontier, Surviving Mars certainly could inspire the generation that gets us there.
But his aesthetic is especially important for this story, which is ultimately about how Rachel and Wick come to recognize the humanity in Borne, an artificial creature made by scientists in a lab for an unknown purpose.
Considering that much of humanity was still living in caves and wooden huts when Su Nuraxi was built, its three-story citadels, functioning canal system, and retractable wall entrances are mind-boggling feats of engineering.
The idea of creating unlimited energy has burned through humanity for centuries, that somehow a device could work forever without a power source.
In April, a Filipino lawyer filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court requesting indictments against General dela Rosa, as well as Mr. Duterte and other administration officials, for crimes against humanity.
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HUMANITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of humanity for English Language Learners
: the quality or state of being human
: the quality or state of being kind to other people or to animals
: all people
HUMANITY Defined for Kids
Definition of humanity for Students
1 : the quality or state of being human Old enemies were joined by their common humanity in combating the disease.
2 : the human race These discoveries will benefit humanity.
3 humanities plural : studies (as literature, history, and art) concerned primarily with human culture
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