human (adj.)

mid-15c., humain, humaigne, "human," from Old French humain, umain (adj.) "of or belonging to man" (12c.), from Latin humanus "of man, human," also "humane, philanthropic, kind, gentle, polite; learned, refined, civilized." This is in part from PIE *(dh)ghomon-, literally "earthling, earthly being," as opposed to the gods (from root *dhghem- "earth"), but there is no settled explanation of the sound changes involved. Compare Hebrew adam "man," from adamah "ground." Cognate with Old Lithuanian žmuo (accusative žmuni) "man, male person."

Human interest is from 1824. Human rights attested by 1680s; human being by 1690s. Human relations is from 1916; human resources attested by 1907, American English, apparently originally among social Christians and based on natural resources. Human comedy "sum of human activities" translates French comédie humaine (Balzac); see comedy.

Origin and meaning of human

human (n.)

"a human being," 1530s, from human (adj.). Its Old English equivalent, guma, survives only in disguise in bridegroom.

updated on October 13, 2021

Definitions of human from WordNet
human (adj.)
characteristic of humanity;
human nature
human (adj.)
relating to a person;
the experiment was conducted on 6 monkeys and 2 human subjects
human (adj.)
having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings;
the human body
human frailty
human kindness
human beings
human (n.)
any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage;
Synonyms: homo / man / human being
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