[syn: world, human race, humanity, humankind, human beings, humans, mankind, man]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the quality of being humane
2: the quality of being human; "he feared the speedy decline of
all manhood" [syn: humanness, humanity, manhood]
3: all of the living human 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, humanity, humankind, human beings, humans,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
105 Moby Thesaurus words for "humanity":
Adam, Hominidae, Homo sapiens, acceptance, affectionateness,
beneficence, benevolence, benignancy, benignity, brotherhood,
charitableness, clay, clemency, clementness, commiseration,
community, compassion, condolence, consideration, easiness,
easygoingness, fallen humanity, favor, feeling, feeling of kinship,
fellow feeling, flesh, forbearance, forbearing, forgiveness,
frailty, fraternal feeling, generation of man, generosity,
gentleness, genus Homo, goodness, goodness of heart, grace,
graciousness, heart of gold, helpfulness, hominid, homo,
human equation, human family, human frailty, human nature,
human race, human species, human weakness, humaneness, humankind,
humanness, kindheartedness, kindliness, kindly disposition,
kindness, laxness, le genre humain, lenience, leniency,
lenientness, lenity, loving kindness, magnanimity, man, mankind,
mercifulness, mercy, mildness, mitigation, moderateness,
mortal flesh, mortality, mortals, niceness, pardon, pathos,
patience, people, pity, quarter, race of man, relief, reprieve,
ruth, self-pity, sensitivity, society, softheartedness, softness,
soul of kindness, sympathy, tenderheartedness, tenderness,
the masses, the public, tolerance, understanding, unselfishness,
warmheartedness, warmth, warmth of heart, weakness
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
HUMANITY, n. The human race, collectively, exclusive of the