HUMAN'ITY, noun [Latin humanitas.]
1. The peculiar nature of man, by which he is distinguished from other beings. Thus Christ, by his incarnation, was invested
2. Mankind collectively; the human race.
If he is able to untie those knots, he is able to teach all humanity
It is a debt we owe to humanity
3. The kind feelings, dispositions and sympathies of man, by which he is distinguished from the lower orders of animals; kindness; benevolence; especially, a disposition to relieve persons in distress, and to treat with tenderness those who are helpless and defenseless; opposed to cruelty.
4. A disposition to treat the lower orders of animals with tenderness, or at least to give them no unnecessary pain.
5. The exercise of kindness; acts of tenderness.
6. Philology; grammatical studies.
Humanities, in the plural, signifies grammar, rhetoric and poetry; for teaching which there are professors in the universities of Scotland.