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humanist adj
1 of or pertaining to Renaissance humanism; "the humanistic revival of learning" [syn: humanistic]
2 of or pertaining to a philosophy asserting human dignity and man's capacity for fulfillment through reason and scientific method and often rejecting religion; "the humanist belief in continuous emergent evolution"- Wendell Thomas [syn: humanistic]
3 pertaining to or concerned with the humanities; "humanistic studies"; "a humane education" [syn: humanistic, humane]
4 marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare; "a humane physician"; "released the prisoner for humanitarian reasons"; "respect and humanistic regard for all members of our species" [syn: human-centered, human-centred, humanistic, humanitarian]


1 a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts
2 an advocate of the principles of humanism

User Contributed Dictionary




  • (Canada) /ˈhjuːmənɪst/


  1. In the Renaissance, a scholar of Greek and Roman classics
  2. a scholar of one of the subjects in the humanities
  3. a person who believes in the philosophy of humanism


proponent of the group of ethical stances


  1. relating to humanism or the humanities

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

academician, bookman, classicist, clerk, colossus of knowledge, esprit fort, freethinker, genius, giant of learning, latitudinarian, learned clerk, learned man, literary man, litterateur, lover of learning, man of learning, man of letters, mastermind, mine of information, philologist, philologue, philomath, philosophe, philosopher, polyhistor, polymath, pundit, savant, scholar, scholastic, schoolman, secular humanist, student, walking encyclopedia
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