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


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 : studies intended to provide general knowledge and
          intellectual skills (rather than occupational or
          professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
          [syn: humanistic discipline, liberal arts, arts]