in·​hu·​mane | \ˌin-(ˌ)hyü-ˈmān, -(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

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El Milagro Nursery President Victor Gonzalez, the 53-year-old who directed the slaughtering, pleaded guilty to one count of inhumane slaughter. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "They stabbed pigs in the heart on his orders. He's the one looking at federal prison," 25 June 2018 The attorney general denied that children are being abused or kept in inhumane conditions, saying that the Department of Health and Human Services spent approximately a billion dollars last year taking care of children caught crossing the border. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Sessions rebukes critics who compare border situation to Nazi Germany: 'Fundamentally, we're enforcing the law'," 19 June 2018 Dozens of great danes seized from a New Hampshire mansion a year ago will be put up for adoption after their former owner was sentenced for charges of keeping the dogs in inhumane conditions, according to the Humane Society. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "More than 80 great danes seized from N.H. mansion will be available for adoption," 15 June 2018 Theresa May has invited President Trump to our country at a time when his dangerous and inhumane policies are putting the lives and wellbeing of millions of people at risk. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Admitting He Feels ‘Unwelcome,’ Trump Finds New Ways to Offend the British," 13 July 2018 The White House has gone so far as to target Sen. Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris — who has called for a reexamination, not a total abolition, of ICE — using inhumane language in its tweets., "Cynthia Nixon: "If Mike Pence Is Attacking Me, I'm Doing Something Right"," 6 July 2018 Yes, that is exactly the point: The Trump administration has targeted hard-working immigrants going about their daily lives in exceptionally and increasingly cruel and inhumane ways. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "Blacklist Every Last One of Them," 26 June 2018 The criminalization and separation of families immigrating to America is inhumane, cruel, and unacceptable. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Common, Jack Antonoff, Decemberists, Oh Boy Records & More Help Raise Funds For Immigrant Support Groups," 22 June 2018 Donald Trump gets no credit for temporarily ending the cruel, inhumane, and racist policy that separated thousands of children, as young as infants, from their parents at the border. Anthony Man,, "Trump retreat on family separation doesn't satisfy some Florida political leaders," 20 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of inhumane

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


in·​hu·​mane | \ˌin-hyü-ˈmān, -yü-\

Kids Definition of inhumane

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

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