See also: Mankind



From Middle English mankinde, alteration (due to kinde = “kind, nature, sort”) of earlier mankin, from Old English mancynn. Equivalent to man +‎ kin, and/or man +‎ -kind. Cognate with Scots mankind, Middle High German mankünne, Danish mandkøn, Icelandic mannkyn (mankind). See also mankin.


  • IPA(key): /mænˈkaɪnd/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪnd


mankind (uncountable)

  1. The human race in its entirety.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling:
      The examples of all ages shew us that mankind in general desire power only to do harm, and, when they obtain it, use it for no other purpose.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      Malone's hot blood flushed to his head as he thought of this trifler, this insect, coming between mankind and a message of instruction and consolation descending from above.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion:
      More than a mere source of Promethean sustenance to thwart the cold and cook one's meat, wood was quite simply mankind's first industrial and manufacturing fuel.
    • 2011, David Charles Cole, Understanding God's Message for Mankind: Essential Scripture and Commentary[2], page 1:
      It next moves through the history of the Jewish people, recounting the life and death of our Lord and Savior, and ends with the Book of Revelation foretelling the inevitable climax of God's plan for mankind.
  2. Men collectively, as opposed to all women.
  3. (obsolete) Human feelings; humanity.
    • 1641, Ben Jonson, Discoveries Made upon Men and Matter
      And they are two strong ties upon mankind. Justice is the virtue that innocence rejoiċeth in

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