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
Recent Examples on the Web Amanda Gilchrist, a spokesperson for CoreCivic, told The Republic when the company was created 35 years ago, courts intervened in prisons in 31 states and the District of Columbia due to inhumane conditions, and nine states had litigation pending. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "NAACP lawsuit targets Arizona private prisons, accuses state of practicing slavery," 20 June 2020 The city and county of Los Angeles will create 6,000 beds for homeless people over the next 18 months to comply with a court order to provide space for those living in unsafe and inhumane conditions. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: The masks have it in California," 19 June 2020 My goal is for these protests to expose how inhumane and unjust authority figures are — from the police to the court system. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "'Revolution is not optional': Louisville protesters share their message in their own words," 12 June 2020 But Dixon captures the angry and anguished faces of black neighborhood residents, showing that the State’s inhumane treatment of black people, not the riot, is the chaos. Samantha N. Sheppard, The Atlantic, "The Films That Understand Why People Riot," 9 June 2020 The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy. NBC News, "Protesters take a knee outside Trump Hotel in New York City," 4 June 2020 Past investigations have found that snakes and other animals are skinned alive or killed in other inhumane ways. National Geographic, "Would you let a pair of pigeons into your home?," 28 May 2020 Public outrage focused more on whether the meatpacking plants’ products were healthful and clean than on the inhumane conditions in the plants. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A century later, meat packing plants still resemble Upton Sinclair’s depiction in ‘The Jungle’," 5 May 2020 The overcrowding of Egyptian prisons—such as the one in Al-Qanater housing Solafa Magdy—and inhumane conditions threaten to turn detention places into clusters of disease. Wired Staff, Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 1 May 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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1 Jul 2020

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“Inhumane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 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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