in·​hu·​man·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-(ˌ)hyü-ˈma-nə-tē How to pronounce inhumanity (audio) , -(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

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Examples of inhumanity in a Sentence

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

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Put aside the cruelty and inhumanity of using asylum seekers as pawns to retaliate against political foes. Rachael Bade, The Seattle Times, "Trump: Administration giving ‘strong considerations’ to releasing detainees in ‘sanctuary cities’," 12 Apr. 2019 Protesting vociferously and tirelessly against inhumanity and injustice is not uncivil. Nestor Ramos,, "A year ago I wrote about a national push for civility. So, how’s that going?," 28 June 2018 New York Trisha Donnelly’s conspicuously untitled (and unexplained—there is no press release) work of installation art at the Shed is a lyrical op-ed about humanity’s inhumanity to nature. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "A Tree Falls in Hudson Yards," 10 Apr. 2019 Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “They Try to Take You Out with Bullshit”," 3 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of inhumanity

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

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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 How to pronounce inhumanity (audio) \
plural inhumanities

Kids Definition of inhumanity

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

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