from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A believer in the principles of humanism.
- n. One who is concerned with the interests and welfare of humans.
- n. A classical scholar.
- n. A student of the liberal arts.
- n. A Renaissance scholar devoted to Humanism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In the Renaissance, a scholar of Greek and Roman classics
- n. a scholar of one of the subjects in the humanities
- n. a person who believes in the philosophy of humanism
- adj. relating to humanism or the humanities
- adj. Resembling classical handwritten monumental Roman letters rather than the 19th-century grotesque typefaces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. One who pursues the study of the humanities, or polite literature.
- n. One versed in knowledge of human nature.
- n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. A student of human nature, or of matters of human interest; one versed in human affairs and relations.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or pertaining to a philosophy asserting human dignity and man's capacity for fulfillment through reason and scientific method and often rejecting religion
- adj. marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare
- adj. of or pertaining to Renaissance humanism
- adj. pertaining to or concerned with the humanities
- n. an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans
- n. a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts
human + -ist (Wiktionary)