American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Concern for human welfare, especially as manifested through philanthropy.
- n. The belief that the sole moral obligation of humankind is the improvement of human welfare.
- n. Theology The doctrine holding that Jesus was human only and not divine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In theology, the doctrine that Jesus Christ possessed a human nature only.
- n. The doctrine that mankind may become perfect without divine aid.
- n. The doctrine that benevolence or philanthropy forms the sum of man's duties.
- n. Humane or humanitarian principles; comprehensive humanism or philanthropy.
- n. Humanitarian philosophy or practice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Theol. & Ch. Hist.) The distinctive tenet of the humanitarians in denying the divinity of Christ; also, the whole system of doctrine based upon this view of Christ.
- n. (Philos.) The doctrine that man's obligations are limited to, and dependent alone upon, man and the human relations.
- n. the doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare
- humanitarian + -ism (Wiktionary)
“To protect civilians in the name of humanitarianism?”
“Your high-minded humanitarianism is only switched on when someone with an R after his name is in the White House.”
“May 27th, 2007 at 12: 30 pm since humanitarianism is a big concern of everyone re: immigration one might consider that worrying about “brain drain” really screws over professionals who have to live through the corrupt kleptocracies in question.”
“And if humanitarianism is why we are there, you know, for the love of Iraquis, then I am certain you are ready to head to Darfur.”
“Nor is there a strong case to be made against applying a moral standard to diplomacy: using military might in the name of humanitarianism is an estimable principle.”
“Independent humanitarianism is a daily struggle to assist and protect.”
“That “something” has often been done in the name of humanitarianism or neutrality.”
“The Kaiser's view of that is, that humanitarianism is a contemptible thing for any man to cherish, for he once said, "I confess that when you speak of the human family, my own view stops at the boundary of the German Empire.”
“Christian humanitarianism, is going on in America, in Chicago, if you please, without leaders who write or philosophize, without much speaking, but with a bent to express in social service and in terms of action the spirit of Christ.”
“They are saturated with a false humanitarianism, which is especially damaging for boys.”
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