humanism: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hy'mu-niz"um or, often, y'-), [key]
— n.
  1. any system or mode of thought or action in which human interests, values, and dignity predominate.
  2. devotion to or study of the humanities.
  3. (sometimes cap.) the studies, principles, or culture of the humanists.
  4. a variety of ethical theory and practice that emphasizes reason, scientific inquiry, and human fulfillment in the natural world and often rejects the importance of belief in God.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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