Definition of “humanity” - English Dictionary

“humanity” in British English

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uk /hjuːˈmæn.ə.ti/ us /hjuːˈmæn.ə.t̬i/

humanity noun (PEOPLE)

C1 [ U ] people in general:

The massacre was a crime against humanity.

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  • Bombing civilians is a crime against humanity .
  • The environmental impact of these policies affects all of humanity.
  • The general has been charged with crimes against humanity.
  • The city is a huge, seething mass of humanity.
  • You can't claim to speak for the whole of humanity!

(Definition of “humanity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“humanity” in American English

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humanitynoun [ U ]

us /hjuˈmæn·ɪ·t̬i/

humanity noun [ U ] (PEOPLE)

all people in the world as a whole, or the qualities characteristic of people:

The former general was put on trial for crimes against humanity.

humanity noun [ U ] (KINDNESS)

understanding and kindness toward other people:

He showed his humanity by giving generously to charities.

(Definition of “humanity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)