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From hūmānus (human) +‎ -tās; coined by Cicero as a calque of Ancient Greek φιλανθρωπία (philanthrōpía).


hūmānitās f (genitive hūmānitātis); third declension

  1. humanity, human nature
  2. humaneness, humane conduct, philanthropy
  3. kindness, kindliness, courtesy, politeness
    Synonym: cōmitās
  4. refinement, culture, civilization, good breeding


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative hūmānitās hūmānitātēs
Genitive hūmānitātis hūmānitātum
Dative hūmānitātī hūmānitātibus
Accusative hūmānitātem hūmānitātēs
Ablative hūmānitāte hūmānitātibus
Vocative hūmānitās hūmānitātēs



  • humanitas”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • humanitas”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • humanitas in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • humanitas in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be quite uncivilised: omnis cultus et humanitatis expertem esse
    • to be quite uncivilised: ab omni cultu et humanitate longe abesse (B. G. 1. 1. 3)
    • to teach a person refinement: aliquem ad humanitatem informare or instituere
    • the usual subjects taught to boys: artes, quibus aetas puerilis ad humanitatem informari solet
    • to be quite insensible to all feelings of humanity: omnem humanitatem exuisse, abiecisse (Lig. 5. 14)
    • to be quite insensible of all feelings to humanity: omnem humanitatis sensum amisisse
    • to be absolutely wanting in sympathy: omnis humanitatis expertem esse
    • to stifle, repress all humane sentiments in one's mind: omnem humanitatem ex animo exstirpare (Amic. 13. 48)
    • a most courteous letter: litterae officii or humanitatis plenae
  • humanitas in Ramminger, Johann (2016 July 16 (last accessed)) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016