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hu·man·i·ty

 (hyo͞o-măn′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. hu·man·i·ties
1. Humans considered as a group; the human race.
2. The condition or quality of being human.
3. The quality of being humane; benevolence.
4. A humane characteristic, attribute, or act.
5. humanities
a. The languages and literatures of ancient Greece and Rome; the classics.
b. Those branches of knowledge, such as philosophy, literature, and art, that are concerned with human thought and culture.

[Middle English humanite, from Old French, from Latin hūmānitās, from hūmānus, human; see human.]
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Noun1.humanities - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)humanities - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
discipline, field of study, subject area, subject field, bailiwick, subject, field, study - a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"
neoclassicism - revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
classicalism, classicism - a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms; "classicism often derived its models from the ancient Greeks and Romans"
Romantic Movement, Romanticism - a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization; "Romanticism valued imagination and emotion over rationality"
English - the discipline that studies the English language and literature
history - the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; "he teaches Medieval history"; "history takes the long view"
art history - the academic discipline that studies the development of painting and sculpture
chronology - the determination of the actual temporal sequence of past events
beaux arts, fine arts - the study and creation of visual works of art
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
Occidentalism - the scholarly knowledge of western cultures and languages and people
Oriental Studies, Orientalism - the scholarly knowledge of Asian cultures and languages and people
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
literary study - the humanistic study of literature
library science - the study of the principles and practices of library administration
philology, linguistics - the humanistic study of language and literature
musicology - the scholarly and scientific study of music
Sinology - the study of Chinese history and language and culture
stemmatics, stemmatology - the humanistic discipline that attempts to reconstruct the transmission of a text (especially a text in manuscript form) on the basis of relations between the various surviving manuscripts (sometimes using cladistic analysis); "stemmatology also plays an important role in musicology"; "transcription errors are of decisive importance in stemmatics"
trivium - (Middle Ages) an introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving grammar and logic and rhetoric; considered to be a triple way to eloquence
quadrivium - (Middle Ages) a higher division of the curriculum in a medieval university involving arithmetic and music and geometry and astronomy
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The humanities and amenities of life had no attraction for him--its peaceful enjoyments no charm.
Winsett did not invite people to his house; but he had once pointed it out to Archer in the course of a nocturnal stroll, and the latter had asked himself, with a little shiver, if the humanities were so meanly housed in other capitals.
I fancy," he said, "that I was a fairly average person--I mean that I was possessed of an average share of the humanities.
And so keenly did men feel the human interests of such things as were now taught, that we have come to call grammar, rhetoric, poetry, Greek and Latin the Humanities, and the professor who teaches these thing the professor of Humanity.
This is an exciting and rewarding task, and I am honored to be selected to serve on this committee with representatives of the nation's highest institutions of arts and humanities, as well as some of the top corporate leaders," Candela said.
Created by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent agency that supports research, education, preservation projects and public programs in the humanities.
This has been the principle inspiring the humanities, and, indeed, the very idea of a liberal education.
1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Wolf has declared October 2015 as Arts and Humanities Month in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
support new humanities programs (which may include but are not limited to new humanities minors, first-year seminars, and capstone courses), and enhance existing ones;
Larry Andrews leads off the Forum with his essay "The Humanities Are Dead
The chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Bruce Cole, emphasizes this point in a new "We the People" initiative announced by President Bush.
It gives me great pleasure to be able to recognize individuals and organizations whose work supports and advocates for the humanities throughout Pennsylvania.

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