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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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A genial centenarian, whose years have told happily on him, he appreciates not only those humanities of feeling and habit which were peculiar to the last century and passed away with it, but also that permanent humanity which has but undergone a change of surface in the new world of our own, wholly different though it may look.
According to the report from CNA, a primary concern of students was how the university would further enrich and develop its programs in the humanities.
Kicking off National Arts and Humanities Month, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative will receive a $28,000 donation from DC Whole Foods Market's quarterly 5 Percent Community Giving Day, recently held Wednesday, September 20, making it the largest 5% Day in DC to date.
The goal of Humanities Commons is to provide a place where humanists can discuss, share, and store their teaching and research.
Svensson proposes big digital humanities as a model for the digital humanities that draws on the humanities; on the space between ideas and institutions; on the traditions and emerging configurations of the digital humanities; and on the coming together of intellectual and technological curiosity.
The Minister of Information said in a statement that the conference comes at the level of Arab countries at this stage because there is a return to the humanitarian sciences in general after productive sciences were prevailing, and therefore has to be a big comeback in scientific studies around the world and in the Arab world in general due to the importance of humanities and the importance of the human and social system along with the productive applied sciences.
The conference, entitled 'Humanities Research Centres in the Arab World: Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects for Cooperation", will continue over two days and is being sponsored by the Humanities Research Centre at SQU.
Larry Andrews leads off the Forum with his essay "The Humanities Are Dead
Beginning by exploring the various methodologies that constitute the digital humanities, the authors highlight how developing digital technologies and other platforms can be employed to extend humanities scholarship.
The humanities are efforts to understand the world and to find and create meaning.
In spite of its vagueness, perhaps the most helpful definition is provided by Matthew Kirschenbaum as he quotes from Wikipedia: "The digital humanities is a field of study, research, teaching, and invention concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities" (p.

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