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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n humanism the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural
    • n humanism the doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare
    • n humanism the cultural movement of the Renaissance; based on classical studies
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One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown...
Adaptation of the human form Adaptation of the human form
The Little Folks Humane Society The Little Folks Humane Society
Druids prepare to make a human sacrifice Druids prepare to make a human sacrifice
First Page of the Speculum Humanæ Salvationis First Page of the Speculum Humanæ Salvationis

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Skin is the largest organ of the human body.
    • Humanism A doctrine or ethical point of view that emphasizes the dignity and worth of individual people, rejects claims of supernatural influences on humans, and stresses the need for people to achieve improvement of society and self-fulfillment through reason and to develop human-oriented ethical values without theism.
    • Humanism Human nature or disposition; humanity. "She] looked almost like a being who had rejected with indifference the attitude of sex for the loftier quality of abstract humanism ."
    • Humanism The study of the humanities; polite learning.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone.
    • n humanism Human nature or character; humanity.
    • n humanism A system or mode of thought in which human interests predominate, or any purely human element is made prominent.
    • n humanism The subjects of study called the humanities; hence, polite learning in general; literary culture; especially, in the revival of learning in the middle ages, the intelligent and appreciative study of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew letters, which was introduced by Petrarch in Italy, and spread thence throughout Europe.
    • n humanism The body of opinions which characterized those scholars who, in the early sixteenth century, decried the medieval theology and logic and sought inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman sources, and in particular objected to the use in Latin, which was then the common language of philosophy and science, of any words not found in the writings of the early Latin writer Cicero.
    • n humanism Since 1903, the doctrine that there is no absolute being or absolute truth not relative to human faculties and needs. The term was proposed by F. C. S. Schiller to designate the general philosophical opinion of himself and Professor William James. These writers deny infinity of every kind; and it is likely that this denial will be considered as implied in the tenn. It is not logically implied in the above definition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 10 trillion living cells in the human body.
    • n Humanism polite learning, literary culture: any system which puts human interests paramount
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  • Ben Stein
    “The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred.”
  • H.G. Wells
    “Human history in essence is the history of ideas.”
  • Elie Wiesel
    “Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “There are incalculable resources in the human spirit, once it has been set free.”


To err is human, to forgive divine - This idiom is used when someone has done something wrong, suggesting that they should be forgiven.


In literature:

"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
For the sake of humanity we may trust there were few such fiends even among southern masters as this monster in human shape.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
Say, who art thou, and what for hast thou come to the forest devoid of humanity and human beings?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Lacking a census of human nature, the next best thing we can do is to watch the men who seem to know the most about human nature.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Humanism was for a time shut out.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
Humanism, at its best, has something heroic, unselfish, noble about it.
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch
With this faith human life is nobler, and human effort more persistent and enduring than it would be without it.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
It was ignorance of law that for ages deprived humanity of our modern conveniences.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Afterwards, he would form and lead a militia of like-hearted champions against the strongholds of evil in human nature.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Give me peace; give me human guidance: I want a human arm to lean on.
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson

In poetry:

For its burning fruitage I
Do climb the tree o' the sky;
Do prize
Some human eyes.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
Look upon me sweetly
With Thy Human Eyes
With Thy Human Finger
Point me to the skies.
"Homo Factus Est" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Visible colours (Invisible passions)
Fade from
This world's
Human hearts
And flowers.
"Visible colours" by Ono no Komachi
Rough is her greeting
From all that's human,
But the morning smiles
At the gypsy woman.
"The Gypsy Woman" by Ethel Clifford
Bid all fear and doubting
From my soul depart,
As I feel the beating
Of Thy Human Heart.
"Homo Factus Est" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Your heart was not created
To fret itself away,
By being unduly mated
To common human clay.
"Don't" by James Jeffrey Roche

In news:

JUAREZ.- As part of a national effort to fight the human papillomavirus, health officials are leading a campaign to vaccinate thousands of 11-year-old girls around the city.
A certified trainer discusses the importance of humane, dog-friendly training.
This one isn't any prettier with dogs than it is with humans.
The Humane Society of North Texas is giving thanks this week after a judge recently awarded the group custody of 173 animals seized in Denton County.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALDCaiden Franzen, 5, plays with a kitten before adopting her Wednesday at the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport.
The Harlingen Humane Society has been flooded with calls from people interested in adopting "Champ" should a judge decide the owner can't have him back.
The Humane Society's hours are 11 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 pm Sunday.
The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012 report is available online at
Longtime Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) volunteer and former Human Resource Certification Institute Board Chair Sharon Kay Koss , CCP, SPHR, died June 15, 2010, after entering the hospital for treatment of pneumonia.
Free Beer brought up the topic of possible human immortality by the year 2045, which led to a lengthy and substantive discourse on the nature of reality and the meaning of human existence.
It had long been believed that the disease was passed only from human to human.
Debra Liang -Fenton is a human rights expert with the United States Institute of Peace, and the former Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
They feast on human garbage and survive in human effluvia.
O ne of the most striking developments in recent years concerning international law and the protection of human rights has been the emergence of the concept of "universal jurisdiction " over crimes against humanity.
As for humans, about 90 percent of humans are right-handed and 10 percent are left-handed .

In science:

Recently, there has been a considerable interest in the growth properties of human interaction networks such as the world wide web [1,2], the citation distribution of publications , the electrical distribution systems and the social networks .
Growing Random Networks with Fitness
For practical purpose one prefers a direct transport of a particle, an atom, or a human being: it is simpler and cleaner.
Classical teleportation
As human beings, we deduce them from the grammatical functions of the noun groups or pronouns referring to the vehicles in the sentences where collisions are described.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
Therefore, we preferred to compare the simulation with the understanding and mental representation of the scene that could have a human reader.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
According to such criteria, we considered that the simulation provided by the system corresponds, in 17% of the texts, with what could have imagined a human being.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System