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Noun: humanism  'hyoo-mu,ni-zum
  1. The doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare
    - humanitarianism
  2. The doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural
    - secular humanism
  3. The cultural movement of the Renaissance; based on classical studies

Derived forms: humanisms

Type of: cultural movement, doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought

Encyclopedia: Humanism