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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Humanity  \Hu*man"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Humanities}.  [L.  humanitas:  cf 
  F.  humanit['e].  See  {Human}.] 
  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.''  --Locke. 
 
  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  arch[ae]ology  of  Greece  and  Rome,  were  very 
  commonly  called  liter[ae]  humaniores  or  in  English, 
  the  humanities,  .  .  .  by  way  of  opposition  to  the 
  liter[ae]  divin[ae],  or  divinity.  --G.  P.  Marsh. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  humanities 
  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}] 




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