in·​hu·​mane | \ ˌin-(ˌ)hyü-ˈmān How to pronounce inhumane (audio) , -(ˌ)yü- \

Definition of inhumane

: not humane : inhuman sense 1 the inhumane treatment of prisoners

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Other Words from inhumane

inhumanely adverb

Examples of inhumane in a Sentence

inhumane wardens who regularly ignored the crying children in their care an inhumane dictator who tortured and murdered thousands of his own people
Recent Examples on the Web In 1976, prisoners at the Marion, Illinois, federal penitentiary staged a hunger strike against their inhumane treatment there. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "'We refuse to celebrate': July 4th protesters say not all Americans are free," 4 July 2020 The breathless pace at which acknowledgement of an inhumane past and vows to do better are happening indeed make this a transformational moment. John Biggs, National Geographic, "Falling monuments and flags," 29 June 2020 There awaited inhumane conditions and brutal labor that often ended in death. Scottie Andrew And Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Everyday words and phrases that have racist connotations," 6 July 2020 The thing that parents—especially mothers—are being asked to do right now is inhumane. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "All I Want to Watch Is Kids Crashing Their Parents’ Live TV Interviews," 1 July 2020 She has been imprisoned alongside her husband for six months and endured deliberate medical neglect while at heightened risk of contracting Covid-19 due to overcrowding and inhumane conditions in Egypt’s prisons. Wired Staff, Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 1 July 2020 She has been imprisoned alongside her husband for six months and endured deliberate medical neglect while at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 due to overcrowding and inhumane conditions in Egypt’s prisons. Lydia Belanger, Fortune, "These 10 journalists are among countless under attack for seeking the truth," 1 July 2020 Thirty years before that, most states had abolished the punishment and regarded it as inhumane and ineffective in deterring crime, according to the writings of longtime Delaware reporter Bill Frank. Xerxes Wilson, USA TODAY, "Delaware, the last to abolish state whippings, to remove public whipping post Wednesday," 30 June 2020 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged Monday to stop using solitary confinement in the city’s jail system, marking a victory for criminal-justice reform advocates who have long argued the practice is inhumane. Deanna Paul, WSJ, "De Blasio Vows to End Solitary Confinement in New York City Jails," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of inhumane

1536, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inhumane

Middle French inhumain & Latin inhumanus

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“Inhumane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inhumane

: not kind or gentle to people or animals : not humane


in·​hu·​mane | \ ˌin-hyü-ˈmān How to pronounce inhumane (audio) , -yü- \

Kids Definition of inhumane

: not kind or humane They protested the inhumane treatment of prisoners.

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