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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Examples of mankind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The atomic-bomb tests on the Marshall Islands from 1946-58 were an awesome display of American might, and of mankind’s power to reshape the world. The Economist, "Fragments and ruins A journey through the lasting traces of human civilisation," 12 Mar. 2020 If reaching the Moon was one giant leap for mankind, reaching Mars would be more like an Olympic long jump. Lauren Kent, CNN, "What we now know (and still don't) about life on Mars," 6 Dec. 2019 Shelters for mankind—from the almost impossibly grand to the utilitarian bare and spare and functional, and all the more beautiful for such simplicity and environmental purity. Paul Hendrickson, Smithsonian, "The Prickly, Brilliant and Deeply Influential Frank Lloyd Wright," 20 Nov. 2019 What if Apollo 11, rather than a great leap for mankind, was a footnote in the history books? Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "For All Mankind imagines a space race that leaves fewer people out," 30 Oct. 2019 That's one small step for a man, one giant edit for mankind. Fox News, "Apollo 11 shocker: Buzz Aldrin's face discovered in iconic photo," 4 Oct. 2019 Fortunately for mankind, this leftover relic from the Pleistocene epoch of the Cenozoic Era is completely isolated to the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia, and approximately 50 zoos and conservation and research institutes around the world. Evan Dudley, al, "The truth behind why having komodo dragon at UAB games is a very bad idea," 24 Sep. 2019 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

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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 29 Mar. 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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