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 humanity>b 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 (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.
Origin and Etymology of humanity
First Known Use: 14th century
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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