noun, singular or plural in construction

Definition of mankind

1 \ ˈman-​ˈkīnd How to pronounce mankind (audio) , -​ˌkīnd \ : the human race : the totality of human beings
2 \ ˈman-​ˌkīnd How to pronounce mankind (audio) \ : men especially as distinguished from women

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Recent Examples on the Web More sober stories, however, have tapped into the notion of mankind being threatened with annihilation not by nuclear weapons (a favorite topic in the 1950s and '60s) but a microbial killer. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Contagion' demonstrates the long fear in movies of coronavirus-like pandemics," 30 Jan. 2020 In a better world, as climate change is the enemy of all man, it would be confronted by all mankind. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Eco-Fascists Are Coming," 10 Dec. 2019 The author has crafted a glimpse of a future when mankind and computer technology fully merge. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Author crafts glimpse into the future in ‘Synapse’," 8 Oct. 2019 But taking them too early in your draft might shatter your faith in mankind. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Preview: The Overrated," 16 Aug. 2019 Microwaves are an invisible form of electromagnetic radiation harnessed by mankind to make popcorn and defrost steaks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Wants To Microwave Drones in Midair," 13 Aug. 2019 Especially when the future of mankind is at stake.’’ The movement is known as Fire Drill Fridays, a name that conveys both the urgency of the climate crisis and the military precision behind the operation. Barbara Demick, The New Yorker, "Jane Fonda’s Climate-Change Star Power," 27 Dec. 2019 These days, it’s passé to note that nothing has improved the material well-being of mankind more than capitalism fueled by affordable energy. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Save the Planet (Except the Babies)," 8 Nov. 2019 Soren’s work extends that metaphor with images of environmental catastrophes, from forest fires to melting glaciers, caused by climate change – which a majority of scientists believe is a result of mankind’s imprint on the planet. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Former MTV reporter Tabitha Soren’s ‘Surface Tension’ explores power of touch at Transformer Station," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of mankind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mankind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mankind

: all people thought of as one group



Kids Definition of mankind

1 \ ˈman-​ˈkīnd \ : human beings
2 \ -​ˌkīnd \ : men as distinguished from women


noun singular but singular or plural in construction
man·​kind | \ ˈman-ˈkīnd, -ˌkīnd How to pronounce mankind (audio) \

Medical Definition of mankind

: the human race : the totality of human beings

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