humanism NOUN 1) a rationalistic system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. 2) a Renaissance cultural movement which turned away from medieval scholasticism and revived interest in ancient Greek and Roman thought.
DERIVATIVES humanist noun & adjective humanistic adjective.

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