From Middle English humanitye, from Old French humanité, from Latin humanitas (“human nature, humanity, also humane conduct”), from humanus (“human, humane”); see human, humane. The interjection was first used ("Oh, the humanity!") by Herbert Morrison reporting on the Hindenburg disaster.
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- Mankind; human beings as a group.
- The human condition or nature.
- The quality of being benevolent.
- Humane traits of character; humane qualities or aspects.
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