From Middle English mankinde, mankende, mankunde, mankuinde, alteration (due to kinde, kunde (“kind, nature, sort”)) of earlier mankin, mankun, mancun (“mankind”), from Old English mancynn; equivalent to man + kin, and/or man + -kind. Cognate with Scots mankind, Middle High German mankünne, Danish mandkøn, Swedish mankön, Icelandic mannkyn (“mankind”). See also mankin.
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- The human race in its entirety.
- Men collectively, as opposed to all women.
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- (obsolete) Human feelings; humanity.
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- See also Wikisaurus:humankind
- (all men): womankind
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