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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v humanize make more humane "The mayor tried to humanize life in the big city"
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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: Every square inch of the human body has about 19,000,000 skin cells
    • v. i Humanize To become or be made more humane; to become civilized; to be ameliorated. "By the original law of nations, war and extirpation were the punishment of injury. Humanizing by degrees, it admitted slavery instead of death; a further step was the exchange of prisoners instead of slavery."
    • Humanize (Med) To convert into something human or belonging to man; as, to humanize vaccine lymph.
    • Humanize To give a human character or expression to. "Humanized divinities."
    • Humanize To render human or humane; to soften; to make gentle by overcoming cruel dispositions and rude habits; to refine or civilize. "Was it the business of magic to humanize our natures with compassion?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.
    • humanize To make human; give or attribute a human character to; render conformable to human nature or requirements.
    • humanize To render humane or gentle; make susceptible or agreeable to human feeling; refine or soften the human character of; civilize.
    • humanize To become human or humane; become civilized.
    • humanize Also spelled humanise.
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  • Claude Levi-Strauss
    “Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing.”
  • L. W. Lockhart
    L. W. Lockhart
    “Language is the inventory of human experience.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as humans, use it the least.”
  • George Herbert Palmer
    George Herbert Palmer
    “I am defeated, and know it, if I meet any human being from whom I find myself unable to learn anything.”
  • Archibald Macleish
    “We are as great as our belief in human liberty -- no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.”
  • Anatole France
    “Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. humaniser,


In literature:

But he was weary of the old ethic, of the human being, and of humanity.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
But the development of human societies has not been guided by human reason.
"The Idea of Progress" by J. B. Bury
Humans are humans - and sometimes not even that.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
All the perceptions of the human mind resolve themselves into two distinct kinds, which I shall call IMPRESSIONS and IDEAS.
"A Treatise of Human Nature" by David Hume
For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.
"U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses" by Various
All the stabilities of the human mind and human achievement were crumbling.
"Revolution and Other Essays" by Jack London
The incarnation of a God in human form, the resurrection of a man or a God from the dead, are facts outside human experience.
"God and my Neighbour" by Robert Blatchford
Human Skulls of the same Period.
"The Geological Evidence of The Antiquity of Man" by Charles Lyell
I believe the longing for romance covers both sexes and all the human race.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
Second, that it is contrary to the first charter of human rights given to Adam, and renewed to Noah.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society

In poetry:

Old gods, shrunk to shadows, there
In the wet woods they lurk,
Greedy of human stuff to snare
In webs of murk.
"Outlaws" by Robert Graves
No, that indeed not;
But what is villainy in human eyes
May in the sight of God, the patriarch thinks,
Not be -
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Than hers, at duty's summons,
No loftier spirit stirs,
Nor falls o'er human suffering
A readier tear then hers.
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Does, then, immortal memory play
The actor's tragic part,
Rehearsals of a mortal life
And unveiled human heart?
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
To Thee our full humanity,
Its joys and pains, belong;
The wrong of man to man on Thee
Inflicts a deeper wrong.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The virgin glory of a blush
Made you more perfect flower.
Still must your rich humanity
Above me seem to tower.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Mark Fogel runs Human Capital 3.0, a human resources consulting firm.
A 3.6 million-year-old fossil from one of humanity's earliest ancestors is more human-like than expected — and much taller.
People are almost never killed in slides that aren't triggered by humans, and virtually all human-caused avalanches can be avoided with proper training.
Frank Ordonez/The Post-Standard One of the many black cats at the Humane Association of Central New York strolled across a room Thursday to greet Cheryl Robinson, a Humane Association board member.
Funding for GIVE ME THE BANJO has been provided by the Southern Humanities Media Fund, The Tides Foundation, Mass Humanities, Innovative Films and Deering Banjos .
If you're interested in Blackhawk or any other furry four-legged friend, call the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico at visit the Animal Humane website.
Roger Jansen, PhD, senior vice president and chief human resource officer (CHRO) at Spectrum Health, has been named to a list of the Top 10 Breakaway Leaders in the field of human resources by Evanta Leadership Network.
Dogs and humans have been companions since prehistoric times, although there is some debate about when the genetic break between wolves and dogs occurred and whether humans had any influence in that.
'Humanizing' is something humans do.
Church officials see signs of anti- Catholic animus in a recent decision by the US Department of Health and Human Services to strip public funding for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' anti-human trafficking programs.
The West Virginia Humanities Council is accepting applications for $2,500 fellowships from college and university humanities faculty and independent humanities scholars living or working in the state.
While often described as a "women's rights activist," Fluke 's crusade isn't for any core human liberty, to end the subjection of women in the Middle East, to stop human trafficking, or even to help the poor.
The mapping of the human genome , completed in 2003 using technology developed by Applied Biosystems and other companies, promised an era in which drug discovery might be based on a systematic analysis of human genes.
Clarence Carte, humane officer for the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association, found him in a locked garage on the West Side.
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Human rights groups applaud the creation of a new Cabinet post dedicated to human rights in Guinea , which has one of the worst records in West Africa, following a shocking 2009 massacre.

In science:

While transformation to CPS plays an important role ‘under the hood’ of a scheme system, complex code written in full CPS style is evidently almost unreadable to human beings.
A novel approach to symbolic algebra
In particular, E-Life world principle would still hold even in the absence of mankind, of human beings.
The Aleph Cosmological Principle
These are fundamental aspects of human life but do not change the biological status of human life.
The Aleph Cosmological Principle
Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection.
Arithmetic of algebraic groups
The work of S.F. has been supported in part by the D.O.E. grant DE-FG0391ER40662, Task C, and in part by the European Community’s Human Potential Program under contract HPRN-CT-2000-00131 Quantum SpaceTime, in association with INFN Frascati National Laboratories.
Generalized dimensional reduction of supergravity with eight supercharges