Wednesday, April 22, 2009

word a day#12

humanism |ˈ(h)yoōməˌnizəm|nounan outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.(often Humanism) a Renaissance cultural movement that turned away from medieval scholasticism and revived interest in ancient Greek and Roman thought.(among some contemporary writers) a system of thought criticized as being centered on the notion of the rational, autonomous self and ignoring the unintegrated and conditioned nature of the individual.DERIVATIVEShumanist |ˈ(h)jumənəst| noun & adjectivehumanistic |ˌ(h)yoōməˈnistik| |ˈˈ(h)juməˈnɪstɪk| adjectivehumanistically |ˌ(h)yoōməˈnistik(ə)lē| |ˈˈ(h)juməˈnɪstək(ə)li| adverb

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