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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Humanity \Hu*man"i*ty\, noun; 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 science. --Holland.

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

humanities

noun

1: studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences" [syn: {humanistic discipline}, {humanities}, {liberal arts}, {arts}]


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