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 Not only do Kimmy and Titus die, but all of mankind is also killed by our robot overlords who congratulate themselves on taking over the world. Shannon Carlin,, "How Many Endings Can You Get In The Bandersnatch-Style Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Special?," 13 May 2020 In this deeply spiritual work, Beethoven calls upon God for mercy, gives glory and honor and begs for peace for all mankind. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "From Kentucky to NYC, Louisville Orchestra's 2020-21 season is a 'Road to Carnegie Hall'," 23 Feb. 2020 While most space exploration is peaceful, the history of mankind suggests that eventually, some of it will not be. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Wants a Way To Monitor Traffic...Around the Moon," 16 Apr. 2020 Our terabytes are finally put to use for the betterment of mankind. David Rutland, Ars Technica, "Digital hoarders: “Our terabytes are put to use for the betterment of mankind”," 12 Apr. 2020 The victims, unlike wartime soldiers, are not dying at the hand of mankind. Chastity Pratt, Detroit Free Press, "In our time of isolated grief, Detroiters need to make plans for a coronavirus memorial," 5 Apr. 2020 One of the items was inscribed in Sumerian with passages from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of mankind’s earliest sagas of gods, floods, beasts and prophecies. Tom Mashberg, New York Times, "Bible Museum, Admitting Mistakes, Tries to Convert Its Critics," 5 Apr. 2020 For Goodrich, exploring early medicine and the ghoulish nature of mankind was more than a hobby. Washington Post, "Neurosurgeon who became famous for separating conjoined twins died of covid-19. His real legacy is his humanity.," 1 Apr. 2020 As of today, half of mankind is confined at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, although the severity of the confinement varies greatly depending on countries and regions. Philippe Lemoine, National Review, "Complicated Mathematical Models Are Not Substitutes for Common Sense," 30 Mar. 2020

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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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“Mankind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 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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