Humanity



all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind.
the quality or condition of being human; human nature.
the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.
the humanities.

the study of classical languages and classical literature.
the Latin and Greek classics as a field of study.
literature, philosophy, art, etc., as distinguished from the natural sciences.
the study of literature, philosophy, art, etc.

Contemporary Examples

Queen Raina of Jordan also spoke, calling the refugee crisis in Syria “a slap in the face of humanity.”
Ebola and America’s Childish Narcissism Michael Tomasky October 17, 2014

Beinart’s innate decency and humanity were, for whatever reason, deeply touched by this highly affecting scene.
Bret Stephens’ Crisis of Empathy Hussein Ibish March 26, 2012

Phelps approach to sharing “good news” was always dogmatic, extreme, and seemingly void of humanity.
Fred Phelps May Be Dead, But His Fundamentalist God Lives Matthew Paul Turner March 22, 2014

But for others, Taylor robbed them of their humanity and their future.
Charles Taylor’s Hague Sentence Sparks War-Crimes Debate In Liberia Clair MacDougall May 29, 2012

Take that potential, multiply it several million times and you get: the future, if not of humanity, then at least of comedy.
Unconsidered Trifles: Found Comedy in the Age of Social Media Tom Doran March 29, 2013

Historical Examples

A shallow grave was dug in the soft earth at the foot of the cliff, and the melancholy remnant of humanity was lifted into it.
The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader W.H.G. Kingston

Then he ventured into the heat and glare of Broadway where humanity stewed and wilted.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

The fads and foibles of humanity can be good-naturedly exposed in humorous articles that have no sting.
How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer

I was oppressed, grieved, sickened, at the sad presentation of humanity.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various

This was a matter of temperament, perhaps, but it reveals the humanity as well as the divinity of the man.
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7 Elbert Hubbard

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

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