in·​hu·​man·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-(ˌ)hyü-ˈma-nə-tē, -(ˌ)yü-\
plural inhumanities

Definition of inhumanity

1a : the quality or state of being cruel or barbarous
b : a cruel or barbarous act
2 : absence of warmth or geniality : impersonality

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of inhumanity in a Sentence

man's inhumanity to man has been a recurring theme in human history

Recent Examples on the Web

If Congress doesn’t act to grant them permanent status, the world will witness more inhumanity playing out on U.S. soil. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Another separation crisis looms – this time for some 273,000 American children," 12 July 2018 For all of Trump’s efforts to quell the outrage this week, the inhumanity of his restrictionist immigration policy remains very much intact. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "The Trumps Don’t Care," 22 June 2018 The inhumanity unfolding at the border has not just been a test for Trump. Molly Ball, Time, "Trump Backed Down, But the Crisis at the Border Is Far From Over," 21 June 2018 This inhumanity is already a dark chapter in our history. St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "Houston law enforcement leaders bash Trump's immigration policy," 17 June 2018 He was persuaded by reading Alice Walker’s novel and being bowled over by its depiction of poverty, inhumanity and redemption. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "‘Carmen Jones’ Is Back, and Its Director Knows What You’re Thinking," 1 June 2018 What happened to African American victims of the flood was appalling, and just the inhumanity of how they were treated. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "The hardest part of preparing for disasters is overcoming human nature," 26 May 2018 The inhumanity of lynching is hard enough to fathom, but the culture of impunity that allowed the killings to continue for so long is perhaps even more mind-boggling. Vanessa Gregory, New York Times, "A Lynching’s Long Shadow," 25 Apr. 2018 The inhumanity of the Russian assault was stunning. John Mccain, WSJ, "John McCain: ‘Vladimir Putin Is an Evil Man’," 10 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inhumanity.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of inhumanity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about inhumanity

Share inhumanity

Dictionary Entries near inhumanity






in hysterics


Statistics for inhumanity

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for inhumanity

The first known use of inhumanity was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for inhumanity



English Language Learners Definition of inhumanity

: the quality or state of being cruel to other people or to animals


in·​hu·​man·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-hyü-ˈma-nə-tē \
plural inhumanities

Kids Definition of inhumanity

: a cruel act or attitude He cannot understand man's inhumanity to man.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on inhumanity

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with inhumanity

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for inhumanity

Spanish Central: Translation of inhumanity

Nglish: Translation of inhumanity for Spanish Speakers

Comments on inhumanity

What made you want to look up inhumanity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


tremendous in size, volume, or degree

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!