American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who is devoted to the promotion of human welfare and the advancement of social reforms; a philanthropist.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a humanitarian or humanitarianism. See Synonyms at humane.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In theology, affirming the humanity or human nature of Christ, but denying his divinity.
- Having regard to the interests of humanity, or all mankind; broadly philanthropic.
- n. In theology: One who asserts the mere humanity of Jesus Christ, and denies his divinity; a Unitarian. Some humanitarians hold that Christ was the subject of a divine inspiration which rendered his human nature an extraordinary one.
- n. One who maintains the perfectibility of human nature without the aid of grace.
- n. One who adopts the doctrine or theory that man's sphere of duty is limited to a benevolent interest in and practical promotion of the welfare of the human race, apart from all considerations of religion.
- n. A philanthropist.
- adj. Concerned with people's welfare, and the alleviation of suffering; humane or compassionate.
- n. A person with such concerns; a philanthropist or do-gooder.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Theol. & Ch. Hist.) Pertaining to humanitarians, or to humanitarianism.
- adj. (Philos.) Content with right affections and actions toward man; ethical, as distinguished from religious; believing in the perfectibility of man's nature without supernatural aid.
- adj. Recent Benevolent; philanthropic.
- n. (Theol. & Ch. Hist.) One who denies the divinity of Christ, and believes him to have been merely human.
- n. (Philos.) One who limits the sphere of duties to human relations and affections, to the exclusion or disparagement of the religious or spiritual.
- n. One who is actively concerned in promoting the welfare of humans and human societies; a philanthropist.
- adj. marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of humanitarianism
- n. someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms
- n. an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans
- Coined around 1820, from humanity + -arian. (Wiktionary)
“Again, we begin with the term humanitarian military intervention: some scholars claim how it is possible when using military and force for a humanitarian purpose.”
“On Sunday, Pope Benedict urged the international community to move quickly to address what he called the "humanitarian catastrophe.”
“U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres asked the international community Sunday to provide quick and generous assistance to Egypt and Tunisia, so that they can cope with what he called a "humanitarian emergency.”
“Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is appealing to the European Union for $135 million in aid to help Italy cope with what it calls a humanitarian emergency.”
“Nearly two million of them have fled and Pakistan is now appealing for donations to aid in what it calls a humanitarian crisis.”
“Israel has just announced it will establish what it calls a humanitarian corridor to supply the people of Gaza as it continues air and ground offensives against Hamas.”
“We've been working on developing what they refer to as humanitarian corridors.”
“We have been working on developing what they refer to as humanitarian corridors.”
“HENRY: But it didn't take long for presidential politics to flare up as one Republican mocked what he called humanitarian do - gooders who care more about the prisoners than American soldiers and charged that the Democrats are hyping the scandal for political gain.”
“We wanted him to establish, working with our allies, what we call a humanitarian corridor.”
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