Humanism

Definition of Humanism

Hu´man`ism
n.1.Human nature or disposition; humanity.
[She] looked almost like a being who had rejected with indifference the attitude of sex for the loftier quality of abstract humanism.
- T. Hardy.
2.The study of the humanities; polite learning.
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.

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Christian humanism, Religious Humanism, anthroposophy, bibliolatry, bibliomania, bluestockingism, book learning, book madness, bookiness, bookishness, booklore, classical scholarship, classicism, culture, donnishness, eruditeness, erudition, free thought, freethinking, humanistic scholarship, integral humanism, intellectualism, intellectuality, latitudinarianism, learnedness, letters, literacy, naturalistic humanism, new humanism, pedantism, pedantry, reading, scholarship, secular humanism
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