GC: n

S: (last access: 28 May 2015); (last access: 28 May 2015).

N: 1. Late 14c., “kindness, graciousness,” from Old French humanité, umanité “human nature; humankind, life on earth; pity,” from Latin humanitatem (nominative humanitas) “human nature; philanthropy, kindness; good breeding, refinement; the human race, mankind,” from humanus (see human). Sense of “human nature, human form” is c. 1400; that of “human race” first recorded mid-15c.

  1. The quality or state of being humane.
  2. a : the quality or state of being human; b plural : human attributes or qualities.
  3. plural : the branches of learning (as philosophy, arts, or languages) that investigate human constructs and concerns as opposed to natural processes (as in physics or chemistry) and social relations (as in anthropology or economics).
  4. the human race : the totality of human beings.

2. Collocations:
Adj.: great, true | common.

S: 1. OED – (last access: 28 May 2015); MW – (last access: 28 May 2015). 2. (last access: 28 May 2015).


CR: crime against humanity, humanitarian assistance, humanly, international humanitarian law.