inhuman

adjective

in·​hu·​man (ˌ)in-ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce inhuman (audio)
-ˈyü-
1
a
: lacking pity, kindness, or mercy : savage
an inhuman tyrant
b
: cold, impersonal
his usual quiet, almost inhuman courtesyF. 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
inhumanly adverb
inhumanness noun

Examples of inhuman in a Sentence

He let out an inhuman moan. She had an almost inhuman desire to succeed.
Recent Examples on the Web But the result often feels inhuman, if not disorienting. Blake Snow, WIRED, 5 May 2024 At this point, no one needs to be convinced that tennis is exciting, that the final sets of this particular showdown is rife with interpersonal conflict or that the adrenaline dump that accompanies almost inhuman levels of athletic prowess is dizzying and thrilling. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 26 Apr. 2024 Harrowing reports Accounts given to CNN detail horrific, almost inhuman, crimes. Jake Tapper, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 While giving the prayer, Francis condemned an attack at a concert hall near Moscow resulting in the deaths of more than 130 people, calling the massacre a vile and inhuman act that offends God. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 25 Mar. 2024 Morrison also noticed similarities to his Invisibles series, in which a secret group of rebels roam multiple planes of reality, imploring the audience to wake up to the inhuman masters who are controlling the real world. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 31 Mar. 2024 Murphy plays a slender and soulful bicycle courier who wakes up from a coma to discover that the world has been upended by a virus that turns people into inhuman, ravenous monsters. Danny Horn, EW.com, 7 Mar. 2024 Under their penetrating gaze, no mother or son is inhuman, and neither is unscathed. Mark Harris Keita Morimoto, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Tempe has banned a local nonprofit from hosting a long-running event to feed the homeless in city parks for at least a year, a move that city leaders said is about permitting rules and resident safety, but local activists are decrying it as an inhuman effort to force homeless people out of Tempe. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 23 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English inhumayne, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French inhumain, from Latin inhumanus, from in- + humanus human

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of inhuman was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inhuman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inhuman. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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inhuman

adjective
in·​hu·​man (ˈ)in-ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce inhuman (audio)
-ˈyü-
1
a
: lacking pity or kindness : savage
b
: lacking human warmth : impersonal
c
: not fit for human needs
inhuman conditions
2
: unlike what is typically human
an inhuman cry
inhumanly adverb
inhumanness noun

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