Humanities



[hyoo-man-i-tee or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmæn ɪ ti or, often, yu-/

noun, plural humanities.
1.
all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind.
2.
the quality or condition of being human; human nature.
3.
the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.
4.
the humanities.

/hjuːˈmænɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the human race
2.
the quality of being human
3.
kindness or mercy
4.
(pl) the humanities, the study of literature, philosophy, and the arts
5.
the study of Ancient Greek and Roman language, literature, etc

1702; plural of humanity, which was used in English from late 15c. in a sense “class of studies concerned with human culture” (opposed variously at different times to divinity or sciences). Latin literae humaniores, they were those branches of literature (ancient classics, rhetoric, poetry) which tended to humanize or refine.
n.

late 14c., “kindness, graciousness,” from Old French humanité, umanité “human nature; humankind, life on earth; pity,” from Latin humanitatem (nominative humanitas) “human nature; philanthropy, kindness; good breeding, refinement; the human race, mankind,” from humanus (see human). Sense of “human nature, human form” is c.1400; that of “human race” first recorded mid-15c.

One of the main branches of learning. A scholar of the humanities studies history, literature, the fine arts, and philosophy.

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