humanity

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n humanity 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"
    • n humanity the quality of being human "he feared the speedy decline of all manhood"
    • n humanity the quality of being humane
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE MEDAL OF THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY THE MEDAL OF THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY
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: The human brain is insensitive to pain.
    • Humanity Mankind collectively; the human race. "But hearing oftentimes
      The still, and music humanity ."
      "It is a debt we owe to humanity ."
    • Humanity Mental cultivation; liberal education; instruction in classical and polite literature. "Polished with humanity and the study of witty science."
    • Humanity The branches of polite or elegant learning; as language, rhetoric, poetry, and the ancient classics; belles-letters.
    • Humanity The quality of being human; the peculiar nature of man, by which he is distinguished from other beings.
    • Humanity 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average human body contains enough iron to make a small nail.
    • n humanity The condition or quality of being human; human character or nature.
    • n humanity Mankind collectively; the human race.
    • n humanity The character of being humane; consideration for the sensibilities of others, and sympathy with their needs or suffering; kindness; benevolence; a disposition to relieve distress, whether of men or of animals, and to treat all creatures kindly.
    • n humanity Politeness; civility.
    • n humanity Learning or literature of a merely human or secular kind: opposed to divinity: generally in the plural, with reference to the several branches of such literature, as philology, grammar, rhetoric, poetry, the study of the ancient classics, and the like. In Scotland, in the singular, applied to Latin and Latin literature alone: as, a professor of humanity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sheep outnumber humans in New Zealand 15 to 1.
    • n Humanity hū-man′it-i the nature peculiar to a human being: the kind feelings of man: benevolence: tenderness: mankind collectively
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Quotations

  • John Buchan
    John Buchan
    “Without humility there can be no humanity.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.”
  • Pir Vilayat Khan
    Pir Vilayat Khan
    “A perfect human being: Man in search of his ideal of perfection. Nothing less.”
  • Sir Peter Medawar
    Sir Peter Medawar
    “The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.”
  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “Impudence is the worst of all human diseases.”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.”

Idioms

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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. humanitas,: cf. F. humanité,. See Human
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. humanitashumanushomo, a man.

Usage

In literature:

Patrons of all the arts that humanize mankind, under your protection I place humanity herself!
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Human laws, I contend, cannot make human beings property, if human force can do it.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Human laws, I contend, cannot make human beings property, if human force can do it.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
I do not know much of humanity, especially when humanity talks in French.
"All Things Considered" by G. K. Chesterton
What he was thinking no human being ever knew, no human being could ever know; for he never gave the semblance of a hint.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
A soul is not a human being; a human being is a composite of soul and body.
"Our Lady Saint Mary" by J. G. H. Barry
No human picture of God is perfect, except of course the Jesus human picture.
"Quiet Talks with World Winners" by S. D. Gordon
Now, Jesus was human; truly naturally human, God's human, and then more because of the conditions He found.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
Can a human mind accurately foretell future events?
"The Harp of God" by J. F. Rutherford
Masses of human beings pour by like waves, the personalities of none made plain.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
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In poetry:

CYPRIAN. O, despair
End at once my sad career!
Ah, what human heart to woe
Like to mine has given a home?
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
What love comes, half-remembered,
In half-forgotten bliss ?
Who lay upon my bosom,
And had no human kiss ?
"The Man Who Trod On Sleeping Grass" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
As hidden truths are useless
And aid not human skill,
So slumber mighty forces
Through lack of human will.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
"My Gerizim and Ebal
Are in each human soul,
The still, small voice of blessing,
And Sinai's thunder-roll.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I see all human wits
Are measured but a few,
Unmeasured still my Shakspeare sits,
Lone as the blessed Jew.
"Quatrains" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
O tears of human passion,
Blue not the image true;
This was not folly's fashion,
This was the man we knew.
"The Volunteer" by Sir Henry Newbolt

In news:

American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards (Hallmark 6 p.m.) Who's a good dog.
Which came first — consumer preference for humane farming, or pressure from animal welfare advocates.
Wall Street" meets "Good-fellas" — that's how they're describing Chazz Palminteri's new play "Human, which is slated to open on Broadway.
For thousands of years, humans gazing up at dark skies have been fascinated by these streaks of light.
Scientists have created the first genetically modified human embryo.
WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Veteran Melvin Swan won a landmark human rights case in the 1990s.
For millennia, we humans have been commin More.
Even more, let us recommit ourselves to the values and absurd humanity that such a sacrifice represents.
Benedict XVI also says humans must listen to 'the voice of the Earth.
Sometimes in the course of human events, we must ask, as Hemingway did in "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," what is that leopard doing at this altitude.
Among the graduates was Angela Lin, of Westborough, who received a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology.
Federal police in Acapulco said they caught a young woman and a young man as they were getting out of a car near a shopping mall with an ice chest that contained a decapitated head and other human remains.
President Obama offered " accommodations " to religious institutions on the new health insurance rule Friday, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left.
Systems and safeguards to protect animal and human health worked as planned.
Some things about humans are just that: human.
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In science:

Let us consider a direct chain of classes (steps) which leads from the first life to humans.
Comment on "Does the rapid appearence of life on Earth suggest that life is common in the Universe"
The probability for life to appear and the probability of humans to appear (class N >> 1) in this model is determined by arbitrary parameters Γn .
Comment on "Does the rapid appearence of life on Earth suggest that life is common in the Universe"
The probability for life to appear and the probability of humans to appear (class N >> 1) in this model is determined by a single parameter Γ.
Comment on "Does the rapid appearence of life on Earth suggest that life is common in the Universe"
It only tells us that there was a large number of crucial intermediate steps between the first live organisms and humans.
Comment on "Does the rapid appearence of life on Earth suggest that life is common in the Universe"
This work is partially supported by the European Community’s Human Potential Programme under contract number HPRN-CT-2000-00131.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
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