[n] a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts
[n] an advocate of the principles of humanism
[adj] marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare; "a humane physician"; "released the prisoner for humanitarian reasons"; "respect and humanistic regard for all members of our species"
[adj] pertaining to or concerned with the humanities; "humanistic studies"; "a humane education"
[adj] of or pertaining to Renaissance humanism; "the humanistic revival of learning"
[adj] of or pertaining to a philosophy asserting human dignity and man's capacity for fulfillment through reason and scientific method and often rejecting religion; "the humanist belief in continuous emergent evolution"- Wendell Thomas
\Hu"man*ist\, n. [Cf. F. humaniste.]
1. One of the scholars who in the field of literature proper represented the movement of the Renaissance, and early in the 16th century adopted the name Humanist as their distinctive title. --Schaff-Herzog.
2. One who purposes the study of the humanities, or polite literature.
3. One versed in knowledge of human nature.