from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to humanitarians, or to humanitarianism.
  • adj. 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. Benevolent; philanthropic.
  • n. One who denies the divinity of Christ, and believes him to have been merely human.
  • n. 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.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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Coined around 1820, from humanity +‎ -arian.


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  • We've been working on developing what they refer to as humanitarian corridors.

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  • We have been working on developing what they refer to as humanitarian corridors.

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  • 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.

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