humanist

Do you prefer humans to gods or animals? Well, perhaps you’re a budding humanist, someone who wants the best for humankind. A humanist is also a scholar of the classics and liberal arts.

The word humanist comes from the Renaissance, by way of an Italian poet, Lodovico Ariosto. It started out as a name for a scholar of classical Greek and Latin literature. It still describes someone who studies liberal arts, or humanities, but now a humanist is also someone who’s especially interested in what's good for humanity. Humanists want everyone to have enough food, shelter, and dignity.

Primary Meanings of humanist

1.
nadj
an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans
marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare
2.
nadj
a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts
of or pertaining to a philosophy asserting human dignity and man's capacity for fulfillment through reason and scientific method and often rejecting religion
Full Definitions of humanist
1

n an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans

Synonyms:
humanitarian
Type of:
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent
a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

adj marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare

Synonyms:
human-centered, human-centred, humanistic, humanitarian
humane
marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering
2

n a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts

Examples:
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Desiderius Erasmus
Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern Europe; although his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church led to the Reformation, he opposed violence and condemned Martin Luther (1466-1536)
Frederick James Furnivall
English philologist who first proposed the Oxford English Dictionary (1825-1910)
Baron Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt
German philologist noted for his studies of the relation between language and culture (1767-1835)
Benjamin Jowett
English classical scholar noted for his translations of Plato and Aristotle (1817-1893)
Friedrich Max Muller
British philologist (born in Germany) who specialized in Sanskrit (1823-1900)
Sir James Augustus Henry Murray
Scottish philologist and the lexicographer who shaped the Oxford English Dictionary (1837-1915)
George Gilbert Aime Murphy
British classical scholar (born in Australia) who advocated the League of Nations and the United Nations (1866-1957)
Rasmus Christian Rask
Danish philologist whose work on Old Norse pioneered in the field of comparative linguistics (1787-1832)
Walter William Skeat
English philologist (1835-1912)
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
British philologist and writer of fantasies (born in South Africa) (1892-1973)
Karl Adolph Verner
Danish philologist (1846-1896)
Friedrich August Wolf
German classical scholar who claimed that the Iliad and Odyssey were composed by several authors (1759-1824)
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classical scholar, classicist
a student of ancient Greek and Latin
man of letters
a man devoted to literary or scholarly activities
philologist, philologue
a humanist specializing in classical scholarship
Latinist
a specialist in the Latin language
Type of:
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student
a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

adj 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”
Synonyms:
humanistic

adj of or pertaining to Renaissance humanism

Synonyms:
humanistic

adj pertaining to or concerned with the humanities

Synonyms:
humane, humanistic

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