(?), n.;
pl. Humanities (#).
[L. humanitas: cf. F. humanit. See Human.] 1. The quality of being human; the peculiar nature of man, by which he is distinguished from other beings.
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2. Mankind collectively; the human race.
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But hearing oftentimes
The still, and music humanity.
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It is a debt we owe to humanity.
S. S. Smith.
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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.
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4. Mental cultivation; liberal education; instruction in classical and polite literature.
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Polished with humanity and the study of witty science.
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5. pl. (With definite article) The branches of polite or elegant learning; as language, rhetoric, poetry, and the ancient classics; belles-letters.
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The cultivation of the languages, literature, history, and archology of Greece and Rome, were very commonly called liter humaniores, or, in English, the humanities, . . . by way of opposition to the liter divin, or divinity. G. P. Marsh.
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