hu·​man·​kind | \ ˈhyü-mən-ˌkīnd How to pronounce humankind (audio) , ˈyü-\

Definition of humankind

: the human race : humanity

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Synonyms for humankind


folks, humanity, people, public, species, world

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Son of the owners of a small department store in County Tipperary, Ireland, Mr. Babington expressed the same amazement a neophyte to the horse world might feel that one of humankind’s oldest pursuits has evolved into one of its costliest. New York Times, "Where to Show Off Your $5 Million Horse," 31 Aug. 2019 Almost every person throughout the existence of humankind has looked up at the night sky and seen more than just a random scattering of light. Simon Cropper, Quartz, "Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the stars?," 21 Aug. 2019 The sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife. Fox News, "Sites of major US weapons tests now see wildlife flourishing," 19 Aug. 2019 From a tiny Pacific island to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife. Washington Post, "Wildlife now roam where US once forged its deadliest weapons," 18 Aug. 2019 The vast body of water is home to some of the most unique life forms on Earth and contains the deepest reaches known to humankind. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "The Pacific Ocean, explained," 4 Mar. 2019 Fossil fuels, particularly coal and natural gas, are the most efficient and affordable energy sources known to humankind. WSJ, "California: All Clean, Green and Alive by ’45," 16 Sep. 2018 For only through the efforts of humankind will His name be One and His throne be complete. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "The Divine need for each one of us," 12 Aug. 2019 And due to time zones, a new moon may not always be a true black moon for the majority of humankind. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "What is a 'black moon', and how often does one happen?," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of humankind

1560, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of humankind

: all people as a group


hu·​man·​kind | \ ˈhyü-mən-ˌkīnd How to pronounce humankind (audio) , ˈyü How to pronounce humankind (audio) \

Medical Definition of humankind

: the human race

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