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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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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Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues’ accounts accompany new detailed reports on the inhumane conditions that pervade inside Border Patrol facilities, and about the disturbing online behavior of many Border Patrol agents who police the grounds. Stephie Grob Plante, Vox, "Some people held in border detention centers are being forced to bathe themselves with shampoo. The issue is far bigger than personal hygiene.," 3 July 2019 More: Migrant children removed from 'inhumane conditions' at overcrowded Texas detention facility Burgess' comments sparked outrage online. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "GOP Rep. Michael Burgess says migrant children in one detention center can leave 'at any time'," 25 June 2019 The number of migrants requesting asylum has outstripped the court system’s capacities and led to families being kept in detention camps with inhumane conditions. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "The US has a special immigration exception just for Cubans," 21 June 2019 The absence of opportunity as the state forced workers into jobs with inhumane conditions. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "In N. Korea nuclear talks, what about human rights?," 20 June 2019 Living in inhumane conditions, they were actually being harmed by the parents who brought them into the world. Vincent Andrunas, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Making dreams come true," 17 June 2019 His remarks were briefly interrupted by a protester from a group that accuses the retailer of sourcing chicken meat from farms that keep animals in inhumane conditions. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Bezos Says Amazon Will Bet Even Bigger Despite Antitrust Probes," 6 June 2019 Among the others are judges who, forced to participate in such inhumane acts, suffer a loss of dignity and humanity as well. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Stephen Reinhardt, Liberal Lion of Federal Court, Dies at 87," 2 Apr. 2018 Today countless children remain separated from their families due to the Trump administration’s inhumane policies. Glamour, "Untold Numbers of Mothers Separated From Their Children Will Spend Mother’s Day Alone," 10 May 2019

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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 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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