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From Middle English humanyte, humanite, humanitye, from Old French humanité, from Latin hūmānitās (human nature, humanity, also humane conduct), from hūmānus (human, humane); see human, humane.


  • (US) IPA(key): /hjuˈmænɪti/, [hjuˈmænɪɾi]


humanity (countable and uncountable, plural humanities)

  1. Mankind; human beings as a group.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:humankind
  2. The human condition or nature.
  3. The quality of being benevolent; humane traits of character; humane qualities or aspects.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 16
      Think of that; by that sweet girl that old man had a child: hold ye then there can be any utter, hopeless harm in Ahab? No, no, my lad; stricken, blasted, if he be, Ahab has his humanities!”
    Synonym: humaneness
  4. Any academic subject belonging to the humanities.

Derived terms

  • humanitarian
  • humanitarianism

Related terms

  • humanities
  • humane


Further reading

  • humanity on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • humanity at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • humanity in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • “humanity” in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 148.
  • humanity in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • humanity in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


Alternative forms

  • manhead (obsolete)


From Middle English manhode, also manhede (> English manhead), equivalent to man +‎ -hood. Cognate with Middle Low German manheit (manhood), German Mannheit (manhood).


  • IPA(key): /ˈmænhʊd/
  • Rhymes: -ænhʊd


manhood (countable and uncountable, plural manhoods)

  1. The state or condition of being a human being.
    Synonym: humanity
    He feared the speedy decline of all manhood.
  2. The state or condition of being a man.
    He was a strapping youth poised on the brink of manhood.
  3. All of the men of a given place, area, or any human subgroup (ethnicity, nation, race, religion, family, work crew or ship’s crew, etc.) regarded collectively.
    Synonym: mankind (exclusively and universally: only synonymous in cases for which women are excluded, and when the meaning of manhood is universal or worldwide)
    Antonyms: womanhood, womankind
    During the Second World War, Russia lost a great percentage of its young manhood, giving rise to a great wave of widowhood in the country.
  4. The idealized nature of a man: all of the characteristics traditionally and ideally ascribed to manliness regarded collectively.
    Synonyms: manfulness, manliness, mannishness
    Antonyms: womanhood, womanishness, womanliness
    My goodness, James certainly is a prime example of manhood, isn’t he?
    Traditionally, men sought to enhance the manhood of their young sons, so that they would become manly men, but in general, men no longer do so.
  5. The self-concept of a man being with respect to his possession of the various qualities traditionally and ideally ascribed to manliness; a man’s sense or view of himself as being more or less manly.
    Antonym: womanhood
    The failure of William’s business seems to have been quite damaging to his manhood.
    I feel that when you boss me around, you insult my manhood.
  6. (euphemistic) The male genitalia, especially the penis.
    Hypernym: (slang) junk
    Antonym: womanhood
    She spied on him in the shower and glimpsed his manhood.
    • 2016, Rory Tingle, “Thai man has a sex ring removed with bolt cutters after it became stuck on his penis”, Daily Mail, Associated Newspapers:

Coordinate terms

  • womanhood

Related terms

  • boyhood
  • girlhood
  • childhood


See also

  • manhood on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • hoodman

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