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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 hu·man·i·ty /hjuˈmænəti, ju-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hu·man·i·ty n.; pl. Humanities
 1. The quality of being human; the peculiar nature of man, by which he is distinguished from other beings.
 2. Mankind collectively; the human race.
 But hearing oftentimes
 The still, and music humanity.   --Wordsworth.
    It is a debt we owe to humanity.   --S. S. Smith.
 3. The quality of being humane; the kind feelings, dispositions, and sympathies of man; especially, a disposition to relieve persons or animals in distress, and to treat all creatures with kindness and tenderness. “The common offices of humanity and friendship.”
 4. Mental cultivation; liberal education; instruction in classical and polite literature.
    Polished with humanity and the study of witty science.   --Holland.
 5. pl. (With definite article) The branches of polite or elegant learning; as language, rhetoric, poetry, and the ancient classics; belles-letters.
 Note:The cultivation of the languages, literature, history, and archæology of Greece and Rome, were very commonly called literæ humaniores, or, in English, the humanities, . . . by way of opposition to the literæ divinæ, or divinity.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: all of the inhabitants of the earth; "all the world loves a
           lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind'
           seemed to slight the women" [syn: world, human race,
            humankind, human beings, humans, mankind, man]
      2: the quality of being humane
      3: the quality of being human; "he feared the speedy decline of
         all manhood" [syn: humanness, manhood]