3. The quality of being humane; the kind feelings, dispositions, and sympathies of man; especially, a disposition
to relieve persons or animals in distress, and to treat all creatures with kindness and tenderness. "The
common offices of humanity and friendship." Locke.
4. Mental cultivation; liberal education; instruction in classical and polite literature.
Polished with humanity and the study of witty science.Holland.
5. pl. (With definite article) The branches of polite or elegant learning; as language, rhetoric, poetry,
and the ancient classics; belles-letters.
The cultivation of the languages, literature, history, and archæology of Greece and Rome, were very commonly
called literæ humaniores, or, in English, the humanities, . . . by way of opposition to the literæ divinæ, or
divinity. G. P. Marsh.
(Hu*man`i*za"tion) n. The act of humanizing. M. Arnold.
(Hu"man*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Humanized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Humanizing ] [Cf. F. humaniser.]
1. To render human or humane; to soften; to make gentle by overcoming cruel dispositions and rude
habits; to refine or civilize.
Was it the business of magic to humanize our natures with compassion?Addison.
2. To give a human character or expression to. "Humanized divinities." Caird.
3. (Med.) To convert into something human or belonging to man; as, to humanize vaccine lymph.
(Hu"man*ize), v. i. To become or be made more humane; to become civilized; to be ameliorated.
By the original law of nations, war and extirpation were the punishment of injury. Humanizing by degrees,
it admitted slavery instead of death; a further step was the exchange of prisoners instead of slavery.Franklin.
(Hu"man*i`zer) n. One who renders humane.
(Hu"man*kind`) n. Mankind. Pope.
1. In a human manner; after the manner of men; according to the knowledge or wisdom of men; as, the
present prospects, humanly speaking, promise a happy issue. Sir W. Raleigh.
2. Kindly; humanely. [Obs.] Pope.
(Hu"man*ness), n. The quality or state of being human.
(Hu"mate) n. [L. humus the earth, ground.] (Chem.) A salt of humic acid.
(Hu*ma"tion) n. [L. humatio, fr. humare to cover with earth, to inter, fr. humus the earth,
ground. See Homage.] Interment; inhumation. [R.]
(Hum"bird`) n. Humming bird.
(Hum"ble) a. [Compar. Humbler ; superl. Humblest ] [F., fr. L. humilis on the ground, low,
fr. humus the earth, ground. See Homage, and cf. Chameleon, Humiliate.]