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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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 Inmates at a federal jail in Brooklyn were subject to inhumane conditions after an electrical fire left many cells cold and dark for a week, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of detainees Monday against the Bureau of Prisons. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Civil Rights Suit Filed Over ‘Inhumane’ Conditions at Brooklyn Federal Jail," 4 Feb. 2019 At the same time, former employees and labor advocates have spent years calling out Amazon for poor wages and inhumane working conditions, criticism that is becoming increasingly influential in Washington. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Amazon’s triumphant pay raise is also a political play," 3 Oct. 2018 Among the tens of thousands of people marching are celebrities who also can't stand for the inhumane treatment of people seeking asylum and opportunity. Sarah Midkiff,, "Chrissy Teigen, Kerry Washington & More Joined Families Belong Together To March," 30 June 2018 Madara says it's well known that childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences created by inhumane treatment often create negative health impacts that can last a lifetime. CBS News, "American Medical Association calls for end to family separation policy," 20 June 2018 End these racist, inhumane, and unconscionable abuses now! Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Celebrities Are Urging Ivanka Trump to Do Something About the Border Crisis," 7 Aug. 2018 Church leaders and lawmakers from both parties have called the separations inhumane. Fox News, "The Latest: Mormons 'deeply troubled' by border crisis," 18 June 2018 Accused of inhumane actions, the president and his team have cycled through myriad explanations for the disturbing sights and sounds from the southern border. Annie Linskey,, "Falsehoods. Obfuscation. Spin. Nothing the White House tries quiets outcry over migrant kids," 19 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 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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