Definition of humanism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhjuːmənɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhjuːmənɪzəm//
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a system of thought that considers that solving human problems with the help of reason is more important than religious beliefs. It emphasizes the fact that the basic nature of humans is good. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from human + -ism.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: humanism