Definition of mankind

1 \ ˈman-​ˈkīnd, -​ˌkīnd \ : the human race : the totality of human beings
2 \ -​ˌkīnd \ : men especially as distinguished from women

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The music video showcases the evolution of life from a single cell to mighty mankind, and that sample? Kat Bein, Billboard, "Fatboy Slim's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 2 July 2018 Contemporanea 2018 is a show rich with story telling, of the journey of mankind and our struggles and hopes along the way. Diana Dunbar, miamiherald, "Dance Now! Miami: A sense of tranquility and communality | Miami Herald," 17 Apr. 2018 The Christmas season, in many of its celebrant aspects, is older than Christianity, perhaps old as tribal mankind. Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Cope With Holiday Loneliness," 25 Dec. 2014 Also teased is the pending clash between the old gods of mankind’s past and the new gods, like Media and Technology, of the future. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A storm is coming in American Gods’ new season two trailer," 5 Oct. 2018 Both centers are chockablock with awe-inspiring artifacts from mankind’s explorations of the final frontier. Amy Mckeever, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in D.C. You'll Want to Visit," 10 July 2018 On the original, that brief segment is shoved aside by brass fanfares, and all the funk known to mankind that isn’t already in use by George Clinton, breaks loose. Kevin Williams,, "Taylor Swift covered Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September,' and shouldn't have — really," 13 Apr. 2018 Much of what they’d see, Lewis would note, demonstrates the ease with which mankind can thoughtlessly destroy nature’s handiwork. USA TODAY, "Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan warn: Beautiful, unspoiled landscapes are disappearing," 25 May 2018 Solo voices climb upward at the end, suggesting without sentimentality that mankind might just learn how to rise above its self-destructiveness, one of these days. John Von Rhein,, "Review: Chicago Composers Orchestra explores new music about war, the human spirit and hope," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of mankind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Medical Definition of mankind

: the human race : the totality of human beings

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