in·​hu·​man | \ (ˌ)in-ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce inhuman (audio) , -ˈyü- \

Definition of inhuman

1a : 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

Other Words from inhuman

inhumanly adverb
inhumanness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈhyü-​mən-​nəs How to pronounce inhuman (audio) , -​ˈyü-​ \ 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 In 1933, all of that is still to come: the inhuman brutality of the Holocaust is still beyond the comprehension of well-to-do Jewish families like the Franks, and indeed of most everyone else. James Mcauley, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2022 There are inhuman scandals like the Trump Administration’s separation of hundreds of families at the southern border. Alex Thomas, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2022 Hardaway said slavery was racist, sexist, inhuman and immoral. cleveland, 29 July 2022 In the most shocking element, the woman, Kienholz’s wife, is represented as a gray, ruptured, inhuman bag of oozing matter — a nameless, unidentified lump sagging across the seat. Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2022 That same cold and inhuman world of computers could also make Thompson feel isolated and prompt her to act out. Maya Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2022 The 18th and 19th centuries were full of wars, too, but no one concluded from them that music should consist largely of dissonant harmonies, inhuman rhythms and charmless sound patterns. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Bernie, despite his age, has an inhuman amount of energy, an almost maniacal desire to always move forward, and a stubbornness that would not let a quart of blood on the floor of the Charleston Airport DoubleTree disrupt his day. Ari Rabin-havt, The New Republic, 28 Apr. 2022 What if a large company used infantilizing cutesy advertising, effective PR, and weak government oversight to cover up inhumane, inhuman activities? Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inhuman

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

History and Etymology for inhuman

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

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“Inhuman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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in·​hu·​man | \ in-ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce inhuman (audio) , -ˈyü- \

Kids Definition of inhuman

1 : lacking pity or kindness an inhuman tyrant
2 : unlike what might be expected by a human an inhuman scream

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