Humanist



a person having a strong interest in or concern for welfare, values, and dignity.
a person devoted to or versed in the .
a student of or affairs.
a classical scholar.
(sometimes initial capital letter) any one of the scholars of the Renaissance who pursued and disseminated the study and understanding of the cultures of ancient Rome and Greece, and emphasized secular, individualistic, and critical thought.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a person who follows a form of scientific or philosophical .
of or relating to affairs, nature, welfare, or values.
(sometimes initial capital letter) of or relating to the or classical scholarship, especially that of the Renaissance humanists.
of or relating to philosophical or scientific .
Contemporary Examples

Still, perpetuating the Auschwitz tattooing offends me as a humanist, a Jew and a Zionist.
Never Forget, But Forget The Auschwitz Tattoos Gil Troy October 4, 2012

So not only would I consider myself a feminist, but I would consider myself a humanist.
‘Parks and Rec’ Star Nick Offerman on Dicks, the Opposite Sex & Feminism Anna Klassen May 28, 2013

“There should be humanist alternatives to church in basic training,” he said.
U.S. Air Force: Swear to God—or Get Out Dave Majumdar September 7, 2014

But if the religious Zionist youth movements are any indication, those values will be anything but universal or humanist.
Racism and Religious Zionist Youth Movements: Own Up Dr. Assaf David May 29, 2013

“You almost saw a humanist as well as an absolute demonic side,” she says now.
Westgate’s Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath Nina Strochlic September 14, 2014

Historical Examples

But the humanist regards them as men and women who have been wronged.
God and my Neighbour Robert Blatchford

The humanist creed recognises all men as sparks of Divinity.
The Sequel George A. Taylor

I am a humanist by profession—until now I believed myself a modern humanist.
The Spell William Dana Orcutt

But the humanist nations, being non-militant, turned a deaf ear.
The Sequel George A. Taylor

It was this that made him a humanist; this that placed him before his age.
Islam Her Moral And Spiritual Value Arthur Glyn Leonard

n.

1580s, “student of the classical humanities,” from Middle French humaniste (16c.), formed on model of Italian umanista “student of human affairs or human nature,” coined by Italian poet Lodovicio Ariosto (1474-1533), from Latin humanus “human” (see human; also cf. humanism). Philosophical sense is from 1903.

In the Renaissance, a scholar who studied the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome; today, a scholar of the humanities. The term secular humanist is applied to someone who concentrates on human activities and possibilities, usually downplaying or denying the importance of God and a life after death.

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