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1. The human race; humankind. See Usage Note at man.
2. Men as opposed to women.
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1. human beings collectively; humanity
2. men collectively, as opposed to womankind
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(ˈmænˈkaɪnd for 1; ˈmænˌkaɪnd for 2 )

1. human beings collectively without reference to sex; humankind.
2. men as distinguished from women.
usage: See man.
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the study of the customs of uncivilized people, usually on the com-parative level. — agriologist, n. — agriological, adj.
the theory that human beings lack a spiritual nature; animality. — animalist, n. — animalistic, adj.
an animal with a tongue like that of man, as the parrot.
the branch of anthropology that describes the varieties of mankind and their geographical distribution. — anthropographer, n. — an- thropographic, adj.
a creature resembling man, as an ape. — anthropoid, — anthropoidal, adj.
the study of the origins, development, racial and social character, and beliefs of mankind. — anthropologist, n. — anthropological, adj.
Rare. the branch of anthropology that studies the interrelation of the laws regulating human behavior and environment. Also anthroponomics. — anthroponomist, n. — anthroponomical, adj.
of insects, attracted to human beings.
an abnormal fear of people.
a movement developed from theosophy by Rudolf Steiner, Austrian social philosopher, to develop the faculty of cognition and the awareness of spiritual reality, — anthroposophist, n. — anthroposophical, adj.
ergonomics. — biotechnologist, n. — biotechnologie, biotechnological, adj.
the science of vital and social statistics, as of the deaths, births, marriages, etc., of populations. — demographer, n. — demographic, adj.
the study of human activities and social conditions. — demological, adj.
a hatred of people.
the study of the various factors affecting man in his working environment. Also called biotechnology. — ergonomic, adj.
a branch of anthropology that studies and describes individual human cultures. — ethnographer, n. — ethnographic, ethnographical, adj.
the science proposed by John Stuart MUI for the study of the character formation in humans. — ethologic, ethological, adj.
the study of the traditions of a particular people in custom, song, story, belief, etc. — folklorist, n.
any of the two-legged primates, extinct or living, including man. — hominid, adj.
1. a small man or midget.
2. the microcosmic human form formerly believed to be present in spermatozoon.
1. any system or mode of thought or action in which human interests, values, and dignity are taken to be of primary importance, as in moral judgments.
2. a devotion to or study of the humanities.
3. a theory of the life of man as a responsible being behaving independently of a revelation or deity. Also called naturalistic, scientific, or philosophical humanism. — humanist, n. — humanistic, adj.
1. a creature resembling man, as one of man’s early ancestors.
2. Science Fiction. any manlike creature from another planet. — humanoid, adj.
the figurative description of man as a miniature universe.
a hatred or distrust of all people. — misathrope, n. — misanthropic, adj.
the theory that the entire human race is descended from a single ancestral pair. Also monogenesis, monogeny. — monogenist, n. — monogenistic, adj.
the study of the races of early man. — paleethnologic, paleethnological, paleoethnological, adj. — paleethnologist, paleoethnologist, n.
the ethnography of the prehistorie races of man.
1. an affection for mankind, especially as manifested in the devotion of work or wealth to persons or socially useful purposes.
2. activity revealing this affection. Also called philanthropy. — philanthropist, n. — philanthropic, philanthropical, adj.
1. the science or study of the origin, development, organization, and functioning of human society.
2. the science of fundamental laws of social behavior, relations, institutions, etc. — sociologist, n. — sociological, adj.
the measurement of attitudes of social acceptance or rejection among members of a social grouping. — sociometrist, n. — sociometric, adj.
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  1. As the clay is in the potter’s hand, to fashion at his pleasure: so man is in the hand of Him that made him —The Holy Bible/Apocrypha
  2. Every man is like his affliction —André Malraux
  3. Extraordinary men, like the stones that are formed in the highest regions of the air, fall upon the earth only to be broken and cast into the furnace —Walter Savage Landor
  4. He [man] bolts down all events, all creeds, and beliefs, and persuasions … as an ostrich of potent digestion gobbles down bullets and gun flints —Herman Melville
  5. Human as a kiss —Vance Thompson
  6. Human beings are like timid punctuation marks sprinkled among the incomprehensible sentences of life —Jean Giraudoux
  7. Humanity is like people packed in an automobile which is traveling down the highway without lights on a dark night at terrific speed and driven by a four-year old —Lord Dunsany
  8. It is with men as with horses; those who do the most prancing make the least progress —Baron de Stassart

    See Also: SUCCESS

  9. Like leaves on trees, the race of man is found, now green in youth, now withering on the ground —Homer
  10. Like the hours in the day, people come in two classes: the happy and the sad —Bin Ramke
  11. Like the irresponsible black waterbugs on summer ponds, they [people in cities] crawl and circle and hustle about idiotically, without aim or purpose —O. Henry
  12. Man … cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower —The Book of Common Prayer
  13. Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman, a rope over an abyss —Friedrich Nietzsche
  14. Man is as full of potentiality as he is of impotence —George Santayana
  15. Man is like a ball tossed betwixt the wind and the billows —Friedrich von Schiller
  16. A man is like a letter of the alphabet: to produce a word, it must combine with another —Benjamin Mandelstamm
  17. A man is like all earth’s fruit, you preserve him dry or pickled —Hayden Carruth
  18. Man is like a musical box. An imperceptible jolt, and he plays a different tune —Ludwig Boerne
  19. Man is like a precious stone: cut and polished by morals, adorned by wisdom —Isaac Halevi Satanov
  20. Mankind is like the Red Sea: the staff has scarcely parted the waves asunder, before they flow together again —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  21. A man like a watch is to be valued for his goings —Turkish proverb
  22. Man’s like a bird all the days of his breath, and pleasures are nets that allure him to death —Judah Al-Harizi
  23. Man’s like a candle in a candlestick made up tallow, and a little wick —John Bunyan
  24. Men are like bricks, alike but placed high or low by chance —John Webster
  25. Men are like ciphers: they acquire their value merely from their position —Napoleon Bonaparte
  26. Men are like ears of corn: the emptier the head the more and the lower they stoop —Moritz Gottlieb Saphir
  27. Men are like nuts; you can’t tell what they’re like till they’re broken —Phyllis Bottome

    This simile marks the opening of Bottome’s story, A Lost Leader.

  28. Men are like plants; the goodness and flavor of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow —Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur
  29. Men are like the herbs of the field; while some are sprouting, others are withering —Babylonian Talmud
  30. Men are like strange dogs … walk right up to them, bold as life, and they’re as gentle as ducks —Owen Johnson
  31. Men are like the stars: some generate their own light while others reflect the brilliance they receive —José Marti
  32. Men are like trees … each one must put forth the leaf that is created in him —Henry Ward Beecher
  33. Men are like weasels: weasels drag and lay up and know not for whom, and men save and hoard and know not for whom —Talmud
  34. Men, like peaches and pears, grow sweet a little while before they begin to decay —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  35. Others are to us like the ‘characters’ in fiction, eternal and incorrigible —Mary McCarthy
  36. People are like planks of wood: soft until seasoned —St. John De Chevecoeur
  37. People are mostly layers of violence and tenderness, wrapped like bulbs —Eudora Welty
  38. People are somewhat like novels, we operate on beginnings, middles, and ends —Charles Johnson

    In Johnson’s novel, Faith and the Good Thing, the simile includes this parenthetical comment: “Don’t make too much of that simile.”

  39. People are very much like flagstaffs. Some flagstaffs are very tall and prominent and some are small —Harry Emerson Fosdick

    Fosdick’s simile continued with the following observation: “But the glory of a flagstaff is not its size but the colors that it flies. A very small flagstaff flying the right colors is far more valuable than a very tall one with the wrong flag.”

  40. The race of men is like the race of leaves. As one generation flourishes another decays —Homer
  41. Some individuals are like a brush heap, a helter-skelter, miscellaneous pile of twigs and branches —Harry Emerson Fosdick
  42. Some men are like Einstein’s theory of relativity; nobody at home understands them —Anon
  43. Some men are like pyramids, which are very broad where they touch the ground, but grow narrow as they reach the sky —Henry Ward Beecher
  44. Some men are like rifles with plenty of powder but no bullet … a great flow of language but no thought —Sylvanys Stall


  45. So much of a man walks about dead … like a pianoforte with half the notes mute —D. H. Lawrence
  46. Strong men are made by opposition; like kites they go up against the wind —Frank Harris, Reader’s Digest, June, 1936
  47. The study of human nature is a good deal like the study of dissection: you find out a good many curious things, but it is a nasty job after all —Josh Billings

    Billings wrote this in dialect which read as follows: “The studdy ov huymin natur is a gooddeal like the studdy ov dessekshun, yu finde out a good menny curis things, aut it is nasty job after awl.”

  48. To the gods we are as flies to wanton boys —William Shakespeare
  49. We are all like vessels tossed on the bottom of the deep —Pietro Mestastasio

    The simile continues: “Our passions are the winds that sweep us impetuously onward; each pleasure is a rock; the whole of life is a wide ocean.”

  50. We are like sun that rises and sheds light upon things, and then falls and leaves them in darkness again —William Goyen
  51. We run to and fro upon the earth like frightened sheep —Robert Louis Stevenson
  52. What a piece of work is a man! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a god! —William Shakespeare
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mankind - all of the living human inhabitants of the earthmankind - all of the living human inhabitants of the earth; "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"
group, grouping - any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
human, human being, man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
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noun people, man, humanity, human race, humankind, Homo sapiens the evolution of mankind
"I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am" [Dr. Johnson]
"Mankind have been created for the sake of one another. Either instruct them, therefore, or endure them" [Marcus Aurelius Meditations]
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ljudski rod
nhân loại


[mænˈkaɪnd] Nhumanidad f, género m humano
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[mænˈkaɪnd] nhumanité f
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ndie Menschheit
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[mænˈkaɪnd] nl'umanità f inv, il genere m umano
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(mӕn) plural men (men) noun
1. an adult male human being. Hundreds of men, women and children; a four-man team.
2. human beings taken as a whole; the human race. the development of man.
3. obviously masculine male person. He's independent, tough, strong, brave – a real man!
4. a word sometimes used in speaking informally or giving commands to someone. Get on with your work, man, and stop complaining!
5. an ordinary soldier, who is not an officer. officers and men.
6. a piece used in playing chess or draughts. I took three of his men in one move.
verbpast tense, past participle manned
to supply with men (especially soldiers). The colonel manned the guns with soldiers from our regiment.
-man (-mən) , (-mӕn) a person (formerly usually used for either sex; currently, often replaced by -person when the person referred to can be of either sex) who performs a particular activity, as in postman, *milkman, *chairman
ˈmanhood noun
1. (of a male) the state of being adult, physically (and mentally) mature etc. He died before he reached manhood.
2. manly qualities. He took her refusal to marry him as an insult to his manhood.
manˈkind noun
the human race as a whole. He worked for the benefit of all mankind.
ˈmanly adjective
having the qualities thought desirable in a man, ie strength, determination, courage etc. He is strong and manly.
ˈmanliness noun
manned adjective
supplied with men. a manned spacecraft.
ˈman-eating adjective
which will eat people. a man-eating tiger.
ˈman-eater noun
manˈhandle verb
1. to move, carry etc by hand. When the crane broke down, they had to manhandle the crates on to the boat.
2. to treat roughly. You'll break all the china if you manhandle it like that!
ˈmanhole noun
a hole (usually in the middle of a road or pavement) through which someone may go to inspect sewers etc.
ˌman-ˈmade adjective
made, happening or formed by man, not by natural means. a man-made lake.
ˈmanpower noun
the number of people available for employment etc. There's a shortage of manpower in the building industry.
ˈmanservantplural ˈmenservants noun
a male servant (especially one employed as a valet). He has only one manservant.
ˈmansize(d) adjective
of a size suitable for a man; large. a mansized breakfast.
ˈmanslaughter noun
the crime of killing someone, without intending to do so. He was found guilty of manslaughter.
ˈmenfolk noun plural
male people, especially male relatives. The wives accompanied their menfolk.
ˈmenswear (ˈmenz-) noun
clothing for men. Do you sell menswear?
as one man
simultaneously; together. They rose as one man to applaud his speech.
the man in the street
the ordinary, typical, average man. The man in the street often has little interest in politics.
man of letters
a writer and/or scholar. Shakespeare was perhaps Britain's greatest man of letters.
man of the world
a sophisticated man who is not likely to be shocked or surprised by most things. You can speak freely – we're all men of the world.
man to man as one man to another; openly or frankly: They talked man to man about their problems; adjective (etc)
a man-to-man discussion.
to a man
every one, without exception. They voted to a man to accept the proposal.
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What matters is, that this advantage is remarkable from the very fact that it breaks down all our classifications, and continually shatters every system constructed by lovers of mankind for the benefit of mankind.
Our author tells us in this book, as he has told us in others, more especially in The World Set Free, and as he has been telling us this year in his War and the Future, that if mankind goes on with war, the smash-up of civilization is inevitable.
It may gratify the pride of aristocracy to reflect that disease, more than any other circumstance of human life, pays due observance to the distinctions which rank and wealth, and poverty and lowliness, have established among mankind. Some maladies are rich and precious, and only to be acquired by the right of inheritance or purchased with gold.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
All mankind's faults and weaknesses did they put betwixt themselves and me:--they call it "false ceiling" in their houses.
And it would be hard indeed, if so remote a prince's notions of virtue and vice were to be offered as a standard for all mankind.
A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an attachment to different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power; or to persons of other descriptions whose fortunes have been interesting to the human passions, have, in turn, divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good.
His discourses on indifferent subjects will divert as well as instruct, and if either in these, or in the relation of Father Lobo, any argument shall appear unconvincing, or description obscure, they are defects incident to all mankind, which, however, are not too rashly to be imputed to the authors, being sometimes, perhaps, more justly chargeable on the translator.
The ocean, a part of Nature furthest removed in the unchangeableness and majesty of its might from the spirit of mankind, has ever been a friend to the enterprising nations of the earth.
.both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of Mankind's final war.
I, WHO erewhile the happy Garden sung By one man's disobedience lost, now sing Recovered Paradise to all mankind, By one man's firm obedience fully tried Through all temptation, and the Tempter foiled In all his wiles, defeated and repulsed, And Eden raised in the waste Wilderness.
The orator yields to the inspiration of a transient occasion, and speaks to the mob before him, to those who can hear him; but the writer, whose more equable life is his occasion, and who would be distracted by the event and the crowd which inspire the orator, speaks to the intellect and health of mankind, to all in any age who can understand him.