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 Sugary yet reliable, jam’s history is sandwiched inside mankind’s. The Economist, "Home Entertainment Jam embodies resilience—and dogged optimism," 13 June 2020 Adding to the questions that may haunt mankind until the end of history is this: Who is the third of the three people following Ben Affleck's finsta? TheWeek, "Who is the third follower of Ben Affleck's secret finsta?," 4 June 2020 The original thought was to consider athletes from the beginning of mankind, or since the Free Press first began choosing all-state teams. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Mick McCabe: How I picked my best athletes of all time, and why I snubbed Chris Webber," 3 June 2020 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

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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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25 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mankind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 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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