Humanism Hu"man*ism, n. 1. Human nature or disposition; humanity. [1913 Webster]

[She] looked almost like a being who had rejected with indifference the attitude of sex for the loftier quality of abstract humanism. --T. Hardy. [1913 Webster]

2. The study of the humanities; polite learning. [1913 Webster]

3. A doctrine or ethical point of view that emphasizes the dignity and worth of individual people, rejects claims of supernatural influences on humans, and stresses the need for people to achieve improvement of society and self-fulfillment through reason and to develop human-oriented ethical values without theism. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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