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

Definition of humankind

: the human race : humanity

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folks, humanity, people, public, species, world

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That love faces the ultimate test when Hiccup must come to terms with the fact his beloved Toothless and dragonkind must separate themselves from humankind for their own good. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’: Third film soars with extraordinary visuals," 20 Feb. 2019 In this superb novel, time, like guilt, is a murky medium, at once advancing and circling back, and pulling humankind helplessly between its battling currents. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Shrovetide Confessions," 13 Dec. 2018 Throughout history, humankind has made choices to kill pests with ever more powerful weapons. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 But humankind is entering into an era where manipulation has grown simultaneously invisible, terrifyingly precise, and embedded in everyday life. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Another exciting aspect of relativistic astronomy is that humankind can directly test the principles of special relativity using macroscopic measurements for the first time. Scientific American, "Astronomy at the Speed of Light," 3 July 2018 When Neil Armstrong's boot first touched lunar soil on July 20, 1969, the event was celebrated worldwide as a triumph for humankind. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of Apollo 11," 17 July 2018 Collective answer from humankind: all of us, every year—especially last year, when he was passed over in favor of . . Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Idris Elba Is (Finally) People’s Sexiest Man Alive," 6 Nov. 2018 Hell lost some of its purchase on humankind in the 19th century, when new scientific theories such as Darwinism eroded the authority of the Bible and the tides of sentiment turned against God’s wrath in favor of His mercy. Scott G. Bruce, WSJ, "Do We Still Need to Believe in Hell?," 13 Sep. 2018

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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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