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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Each of us should be moral, rational, and follow the rules for the good of mankind. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Eternal gratitude for D-Day vets; Stapleton’s legacy; A plea for civility (6/6/19)," 6 June 2019 In the minds of many, October 4, 1957, marked the inauguration of a new era for mankind: the Space Age. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Liz Mcneil,, "10 Shocking Things You'll Learn About the Chappaquiddick Scandal in Cover-Up," 31 May 2018 After a brief hiccup an expansive Sistine Chapel reproduction exhibit has reopened in Houston for art lovers to get up close to one of mankind's greatest artworks. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Traveling Sistine Chapel exhibit reopens in Houston after a brief hiccup," 5 July 2018 Neil Armstrong took mankind's first step on the moon exactly 45 years ago today. CBS News, "Astronaut wives: The other space pioneers," 20 July 2014 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

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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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