human & hum
These 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.
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.
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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