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
Recent Examples on the Web The inhumanity of such a statement has to be a matter of character. David Pryce-jones, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 The secretary of state noted the importance of calling attention to inhumanity even as horrific attacks occur elsewhere in the world, including Ukraine. Ben Fox, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Mar. 2022 The secretary of state noted the importance of calling attention to inhumanity even as horrific attacks occur elsewhere in the world, including Ukraine. Ben Fox,, 21 Mar. 2022 Biden reacted to the growing catalog of inhumanity on Monday by calling for more sanctions and for a war crimes trial to take place against Putin. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 After surviving Nazi concentration camps and witnessing grotesque acts of inhumanity and violence, psychiatrist and psychotherapist Victor Frankel developed logotherapy, a philosophical approach aimed at finding meaning through suffering. Marion Renault, The New Republic, 21 Jan. 2022 Someone ignores the possibility for hope, and gives into badness, into base inhumanity. Jason Kehe, Wired, 9 Mar. 2022 Civil libertarians are already speaking out against the plan, saying that mandating care is inhumane and not as effective as providing voluntary services, but Tcheng said the real inhumanity is playing out in the city’s emergency rooms every day. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Mar. 2022 Smith remembers how his father used to tell him stories about the inhumanity their ancestors suffered and survived. CBS News, 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inhumanity

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

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“Inhumanity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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

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

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