humanism
noun Date: 1832 1. a. devotion to the humanities ; literary culture b. the revival of classical letters, individualistic and critical spirit, and emphasis on secular concerns characteristic of the Renaissance 2. humanitarianism 3. a doctrine, attitude, or way of life centered on human interests or values; especially a philosophy that usually rejects supernaturalism and stresses an individual's dignity and worth and capacity for self-realization through reason • humanist noun or adjectivehumanistic adjectivehumanistically adverb

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