inhuman


in·hu·man

adjective \(ˌ)in-ˈhyü-mən, -ˈyü-\

: very fierce or cruel

: having or showing no interest in individual people or their feelings : lacking emotional warmth

: not good enough for people to use or live in : extremely poor, dirty, or unhealthy

Full Definition of INHUMAN

1
a :  lacking pity, kindness, or mercy :  savage <an inhuman tyrant>
b :  cold, impersonal <his usual quiet, almost inhuman courtesy — F. Tennyson Jesse>
c :  not worthy of or conforming to the needs of human beings <inhuman living conditions>
2
:  of or suggesting a nonhuman class of beings
in·hu·man·ly adverb
in·hu·man·ness \-mən-nəs\ noun

Examples of INHUMAN

  1. He let out an inhuman moan.
  2. She had an almost inhuman desire to succeed.

Origin of INHUMAN

Middle English inhumayne, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French inhumain, from Latin inhumanus, from in- + humanus human
First Known Use: 15th century

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