Definition of mankind

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

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Terrorism and extremism are the common enemy of all mankind. WSJ, "China Provides a ‘Better Life’ in Xinjiang," 24 Sep. 2018 If one acknowledges that the fallen state of all mankind is a reason to forgive, not condemn, then there’s no basis for either. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "What two fictional Gileads can teach us about America in 2018," 12 July 2018 In the course of history, mankind has been faced with a handful of debates so contentious as to risk tearing apart the fabric of society. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "It's a Sofa, Not a Couch," 9 Mar. 2019 The 48-year-old German rocket scientist would finally build a spacecraft that would launch mankind to the stars. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt warned the Axis powers not to use poison gas during war, and promised that the U.S. would only do so in retaliation: Use of such weapons has been outlawed by the general opinion of civilized mankind. Lily Rothman, Time, "A Long, Brutal History of Chemical Weapons Lies Behind Trump's Decision to Order Airstrikes in Syria," 13 Apr. 2018 The helicopter will be mankind's first attempt to fly a heavier-than-air craft -- think helicopter or airplane -- in an atmosphere other than Earth's, the space agency said. Jason Hanna, CNN, "NASA sending helicopter to Mars, aiming for an aviation first," 12 May 2018 That means creating mountains of personal stuff in categorical heaps and owning up to mankind’s extraordinary ability to accumulate. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "It Took a Fire in My Building to Understand Marie Kondo's Method," 15 Jan. 2019 Beyond the current moon mission, China is scheduled to deploy a space station by 2022 and set up mankind’s first permanent lunar base eight years later. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "China Pushes for Primacy in Space," 31 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of mankind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mankind was in the 13th century

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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
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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