Word of the day

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humanities (noun) – 1. Humans considered as a group; the human race.
2. The condition or quality of being human.
3. The quality of being humane; benevolence.
4. A humane characteristic, attribute, or act.
5. humanities
(a) The languages and literatures of ancient Greece and Rome; the classics.
(b) Those branches of knowledge, such as philosophy, literature, and art, that are concerned with human thought and culture.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1702; plural of humanity, which had been used in English from late 15th century in a sense “class of studies concerned with human culture” (opposed variously and at different times to divinity or sciences). Latin literae humaniores, the “more human studies” (literally “letters”) are fondly believed to have been so called because they were those branches of literature (ancient classics, rhetoric, poetry) which tended to humanize or refine by their influence, but the distinction was rather of secular topics as opposed to divine ones (literae divinae).