inhuman

adjective
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

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Other Words from inhuman

inhumanly adverb
inhumanness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈhyü-​mən-​nəs How to pronounce inhumanness (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 Demanding that sort of health virtue from others is a way to render those who don’t measure up as inhuman, incapable of agency. Joseph Osmundson, The New Republic, "Covid-19 and the Limits of American Moral Reasoning," 30 July 2020 That’s an inhuman moral dilemma and a completely capitalist fabrication. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "What can we do to save the restaurant industry? Why is it ours to save?," 6 July 2020 That’s an inhuman moral dilemma and a completely capitalist fabrication. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "What can we do to save the restaurant industry? Why is it ours to save?," 6 July 2020 That’s an inhuman moral dilemma and a completely capitalist fabrication. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "What can we do to save the restaurant industry? Why is it ours to save?," 6 July 2020 Fear of family separation, inhuman detention, and deportation will be replaced with security, drivers’ licenses, documentation, and a sense of peace. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Sarait Martinez and Seth Holmes think coronavirus means we’ll finally appreciate our farmworkers," 30 June 2020 That’s an inhuman moral dilemma and a completely capitalist fabrication. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The restaurant industry’s moral dilemma amidst pandemic: Stay open or close down," 9 Apr. 2020 This is, however, a fundamentally inhuman philosophy. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "How Panic-Buying Revealed the Problem With the Modern World," 26 Mar. 2020 Falling ill is human, killing one another is inhuman. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inhuman. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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inhuman

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English Language Learners Definition of inhuman

: 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

inhuman

adjective
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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