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Definition of the noun humanities

What does humanities mean as a name of something?


  1. studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)
    • examples: The study of philosophy belongs to the humanities. | He is an authority on the humanities. | History is a branch of the humanities. | The natural sciences are nomothetic, whereas the humanities are idiographic. | The teaching of humanities in Chile leaves much to be desired.
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of humanities: arts / humanistic discipline / liberal arts
    • more generic terms: bailiwick / discipline / field / field of study / study / subject / subject area / subject field = a branch of knowledge
    • more specific terms:
      • neoclassicism = revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
      • classicalism / classicism = a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms
      • Romantic Movement / Romanticism = a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization
      • interior design = the art of designing the interior decoration for a house, office, or other architectural space
      • English = the discipline that studies the English language and literature
      • history = the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings
      • art history = the academic discipline that studies the development of painting and sculpture
      • chronology = the determination of the actual temporal sequence of past events
      • beaux arts / fine arts = the study and creation of visual works of art
      • performing arts = arts or skills that require public performance
      • Occidentalism = the scholarly knowledge of western cultures and languages and people
      • Oriental Studies / Orientalism = the scholarly knowledge of Asian cultures and languages and people
      • philosophy = the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
      • literary study = the humanistic study of literature
      • library science = the study of the principles and practices of library administration
      • linguistics / philology = the humanistic study of language and literature
      • musicology = the scholarly and scientific study of music
      • Sinology = the study of Chinese history and language and culture
      • stemmatology / stemmatics = the humanistic discipline that attempts to reconstruct the transmission of a text (especially a text in manuscript form) on the basis of relations between the various surviving manuscripts
      • trivium = an introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving grammar and logic and rhetoric
      • quadrivium = a higher division of the curriculum in a medieval university involving arithmetic and music and geometry and astronomy

Alternative definition of the noun humanities


  1. the branch of learning that includes the arts, classics, philosophy and history etc., but not the sciences

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Google previewDebates in the Digital Humanities (2012)

by Matthew K. Gold

—Amanda French, Center for History and New Media, United States Digital Humanities is a way to ask, redefine, and answer...

Google previewDigital Archetypes (2014)

Adaptations of Early Temple Architecture in South and Southeast Asia by Professor Sambit Datta, Dr David Beynon

Digital humanities is a convenient umbrella term for these activities, and this series exemplifies and presents the most exciting and challenging research in the digital humanities. Digital humanities encompass the full spectrum of arts and ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Human Geography (2011)

by Derek Gregory, Ron Johnston, Geraldine Pratt, Michael Watts, Sarah Whatmore

The humanities disciplines concern the study of distinctively human actions and works; for example history, philology (language, LITERATURE, linguistics), PHILOSOPHY, theology and studies of Antiquity. The principal goals of the humanities ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Aging (2013)

A Comprehensive Resource in Gerontology and Geriatrics by George L. Maddox

Other organizations promoting networking in older adult education where humanities and arts programming flourish are...

with its Humanities and Arts board committee; and the Gerontological Society of America, with its Arts and Humanities ...

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Anthropology is the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities. (Alfred L. Kroeber)
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Scrabble value of H4U1M3A1N1I1T1I1E1S1

The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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