from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A believer in the principles of humanism.
  • noun One who is concerned with the interests and welfare of humans.
  • noun A classical scholar.
  • noun A student of the liberal arts.
  • noun A Renaissance scholar devoted to Humanism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One accomplished in literary and classical culture; especially, in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries, one of the scholars who, following the impulse of Petrarch, pursued and disseminated the study and a truer understanding of classical, and particularly of Greek, literature.
  • noun A student of human nature, or of matters of human interest; one versed in human affairs and relations.
  • Humanistic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of the scholars who in the field of literature proper represented the movement of the Renaissance, and early in the 16th century adopted the name Humanist as their distinctive title.
  • noun One who pursues the study of the humanities, or polite literature.
  • noun One versed in knowledge of human nature.
  • noun A person with a strong concern for human welfare, especially one who emphasizes the dignity and worth of individual people, rejecting claims of supernatural influences on humans, and stressing the need for people to achieve improvement of society and self-fulfillment through reason and to develop human-oriented ethical values without theism; an adherent of humanism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical In the Renaissance, a scholar of Greek and Roman classics
  • noun a scholar of one of the subjects in the humanities
  • noun a person who believes in the philosophy of humanism
  • adjective relating to humanism or the humanities
  • adjective typography, of a typeface Resembling classical handwritten monumental Roman letters rather than the 19th-century grotesque typefaces.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or pertaining to a philosophy asserting human dignity and man's capacity for fulfillment through reason and scientific method and often rejecting religion
  • adjective marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare
  • adjective of or pertaining to Renaissance humanism
  • adjective pertaining to or concerned with the humanities
  • noun an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans
  • noun a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts


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