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 The man talks about the calm environs as necessary to counter the war’s fundamental inhumanity, but Rosie protests that interjecting a measure of luxury into that pattern of barbarism is like interrupting Gene Krupa in the middle of a drum solo. Chris Klimek, Vulture, 23 Feb. 2024 Those horrors revived a 19th-century idea of establishing a permanent world court to hold people accountable for acts of mass inhumanity. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune Europe, 18 June 2024 No sane entrepreneur thinks that his or her cleaning service, car dealership, parts company, or office management group is the proper forum for adjudicating and correcting man’s inhumanity to man stretching back into millennia of history. The Editors, National Review, 18 June 2024 Students picked from themes to explore: the loss of innocence, the impact of war, the inhumanity of war, the burden of guilt. Adam Patric Miller, Hartford Courant, 23 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for inhumanity 

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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 15 Jul. 2024.

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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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