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Definition of "humanism" []

  • A system of thought that rejects religious beliefs and centers on humans and their values, capacities, and worth. (noun)
  • Concern with the interests, needs, and welfare of humans: "the newest flower on the vine of corporate humanism” ( Savvy). (noun)
  • Medicine The concept that concern for human interests, values, and dignity is of the utmost importance to the care of the sick. (noun)
  • The study of the humanities; learning in the liberal arts. (noun)
  • A cultural and intellectual movement of the Renaissance that emphasized secular concerns as a result of the rediscovery and study of the literature, art, and civilization of ancient Greece and Rome. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "humanism" in a sentence
  • "If "humanism" is what you are looking for, only Christ is the revelation of what humanity is (18), a passage indebted to Pope John Paul II's 1979 letter Redemptor Hominis"
  • "Ms. GODDARD: I got interested in humanism and nonreligious ethics when I was a kid, also like Mark, in Catholic school."
  • "Whether you call it humanism, marxism, socialism or communism, it is bad for liberty."