hu·man·i·ty /hjuˈmænəti, ju-/
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.
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]