Definition of Humanism

1. Noun. The doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare.

2. Noun. The doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural.
Exact synonyms: Secular Humanism
Generic synonyms: Doctrine, Ism, Philosophical System, Philosophy, School Of Thought
Derivative terms: Humanist

3. Noun. The cultural movement of the Renaissance; based on classical studies.
Generic synonyms: Cultural Movement
Derivative terms: Humanist, Humanistic

Definition of Humanism

1. n. Human nature or disposition; humanity.

Definition of Humanism

1. Noun. The study of the humanities or the liberal arts; literary (especially classical) scholarship. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (context: historical often capitalized) Specifically, a cultural and intellectual movement in 14th-16th century Europe characterised by attention to Classical culture and a promotion of vernacular texts, notably during the Renaissance. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

3. Noun. An ethical system that centers on humans and their values, needs, interests, abilities, dignity and freedom; especially used for a secular one which rejects theistic religion and superstition. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

4. Noun. Humanitarianism, philanthropy ¹

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Definition of Humanism

1. the quality of being human [n -S]

Medical Definition of Humanism

1. An ethical system which emphasizes human values and the personal worth of each individual, as well as concern for the dignity and freedom of humankind. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Humanism

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Literary usage of Humanism

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"humanism humanism is the name given to the intellectual, literary, and scientific movement of the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries, a movement which ..."

2. The Present Conflict of Ideals: A Study of the Philosophical Background of by Ralph Barton Perry (1918)
"humanism may develop under the control of some unifying ideal; as Athenian humanism grew up under the ideal of bodily and civic health, and Italian humanism ..."

3. The Psychology of Nations: A Contribution to the Philosophy of History by George Everett Partridge (1919)
"humanism is said to be opposed to rationalism, or to nationalism, or specialization, or paganism, or Germanism as a whole, humanism often being thought of ..."

4. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1905)
"At the same time a change took place in the character of French humanism. Instead of being more or less encyclopaedic, it began to specialise in particular ..."

5. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"FRENCH humanism AND MONTAIGNE. THE fall of Florence in 1530, together with the building of the new royal ch√Ęteau at Fontainebleau and the marriage of the ..."

6. A Student's History of Education by Frank Pierrepont Graves (1915)
"The earliest factor in Germanic humanism, however, appeared in the At first ... For the instruction of the poor, this but humanism added. ..."

7. A Political and Social History of Modern Europe by Carlton Joseph Huntley Hayes (1916)
"humanism Printing, the invention of which has just been described, ... These ideas centered in something which commonly b called "humanism ..."

8. Pragmatism and the Problem of the Idea by John Thomas Driscoll (1915)
"CHAPTER VII PRAGMATISM AND humanism (concluded} WITH the knowledge that Personal Idealism is the basic principle of humanism, that Ethical Voluntarism is ..."

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