in·​hu·​man·​i·​ty ˌin-(ˌ)hyü-ˈma-nə-tē How to pronounce inhumanity (audio)
plural inhumanities
: the quality or state of being cruel or barbarous
: a cruel or barbarous act
: absence of warmth or geniality : impersonality

Examples of inhumanity in a Sentence

man's inhumanity to man has been a recurring theme in human history
Recent Examples on the Web There are cultures that don’t read books where there is not that kind of inhumanity. Amy Sutherland,, 2 Mar. 2023 Director Edward Berger's take on the material is the first to be filmed in German, adding a layer of authenticity and making for a blistering, heart-rending cinematic effort that drives home the horror and inhumanity of war. WIRED, 10 Feb. 2023 An artifact from The Clotilda.Alabama Historical Commission The Clotilda’s saga is awash with humanity, underscored by the inhumanity of the institution of slavery. Donna M. Owens, NBC News, 8 July 2023 In the end, Bishop said, the situation doesn’t show her son’s inhumanity. John Archibald |, al, 22 Mar. 2023 For some, that raised the specter of a dystopian future where computers streamed music made by computers, a perfect circle of inhumanity. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2023 Meanwhile, its Center for Family History offers in-person and virtual resources that go beyond census papers to trace lineage via bills of sale, property ownership and other records that in themselves drive home the chattel labor trade’s inhumanity. Devon M. Sayers, CNN, 19 June 2023 But even when faced with people’s inhumanity to other creatures, some New Yorkers see opportunity. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2023 The powerful and frequently official forces of inhumanity are often exposed and ridiculed in the art of Alcaraz, 58, who on Tuesday evening will be honored at the Library of Congress, becoming the first Latino cartoonist to receive the Herblock Prize. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Inhumanity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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in·​hu·​man·​i·​ty ˌin-(ˌ)hyü-ˈman-ət-ē How to pronounce inhumanity (audio)
plural inhumanities
: a cruel or barbarous act or attitude

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