Humanness vs. Humanity - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Humanness (noun)

    The condition or quality of being human.

  • Humanity (noun)

    Mankind; human beings as a group.

  • Humanity (noun)

    The human condition or nature.

  • Humanity (noun)

    The quality of being benevolent; humane traits of character; humane qualities or aspects.

  • Humanity (noun)

    Any academic subject belonging to the humanities.

    "Philosophy is a humanity while psychology is a science."

Webster Dictionary

  • Humanness (noun)

    The quality or state of being human.

  • Humanity (noun)

    The quality of being human; the peculiar nature of man, by which he is distinguished from other beings.

  • Humanity (noun)

    Mankind collectively; the human race.

  • Humanity (noun)

    The quality of being humane; the kind feelings, dispositions, and sympathies of man; especially, a disposition to relieve persons or animals in distress, and to treat all creatures with kindness and tenderness.

  • Humanity (noun)

    Mental cultivation; liberal education; instruction in classical and polite literature.

  • Humanity (noun)

    The branches of polite or elegant learning; as language, rhetoric, poetry, and the ancient classics; belles-letters.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Humanness (noun)

    the quality of being human;

    "he feared the speedy decline of all manhood"

  • Humanity (noun)

    all of the inhabitants of the earth;

    "all the world loves a lover"

    "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"

  • Humanity (noun)

    the quality of being humane

  • Humanity (noun)

    the quality of being human;

    "he feared the speedy decline of all manhood"

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