human & hum

ROOT-WORDS are HUM & HUMAN which come from the Latin humus, meaning EARTH & GROUND and the Latin humanus which means MAN. It is interesting to follow the changes of idea here. It begins with HUMus, earth, then becomes HUMble, lowly; finally to HUMAN, Man. But we must never forget the origin of man; “Dust thou art and to dust thou must return.”

1. Humus : HUM us (hyu’ mus) n.

Earth; ground

2. Humanities : HUMAN ities (hyu man’ i teze) n.

Studies and interests of a cultural type which enrich the spirit of mankind

3. Humate : HUM ate (hyu’ mate) n.

A salt of a humic acid

4. Exhume : ex HUM e (egz yume’) v.

Take out of the ground; unearth; disinter

5. Exhumate : ex HUM ate (eks hyu’ mate) v.

To exhume; disinter

6. Exhumation : ex HUM ation (eks hu may’ shun) n.

The act of taking out of the ground; disinterment

7. Humble : HUM ble (hum’ b’l) adj.

Lowly; unpretentious; as, an humble poerson

8. Humbly : HUM bly (hum’ blee) adv.

Meekly; unpretentiously

9. Humic : HUM ic (hyu’ mik) adj.

Derived from the soil; as, humic acid

10. Humicubation : HUM incubation (hyu mik yue bay; shun) n.

Act of lying on the ground in penitence; self abasement

11. Humility : HUM ility (hyu mil’ it ee) n.

The quality of lowliness; meekness

12. Humiliate : HUM iliate (hyu mil’ ee ate) v.

To humble; to shame; to abase

13. Humiliation : HUM iliation (hyu mil ee ay’ shun) n.

Feeling of shame; degradation

14. Human : HUMAN (hyu’ man) adj.

Belonging or relating to main

15. Humanify : HUMAN ify (hyu man’ i fie) v.

Make into a man

16. Humane : HUMAN e (hyu mane’) adj.

Marked by sympathy, compassion for other human beings and animals

17. Humanize : HUMAN ize (hyu’ma nize) v.

Make human; render humane

18. Inhuman : in HUMAN (in hyu’ man) adj.

Lacking the qualities of a humane being

19. Humanity : HUMAN ity (hyu man’ it ee) n.

The quality of being human

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