Definition of inhuman
inhumannessplay \(ˌ)in-ˈhyü-mən-nəs, -ˈyü-\ noun
Examples of inhuman in a Sentence
He let out an inhuman moan.
She had an almost inhuman desire to succeed.
Recent Examples of inhuman from the Web
Trout looked inhuman in 2017, but now his season will be marred by injury, one of the pathetic trappings of humanity.
Freeways cut up the neighborhood, which in 1961 became home to the inhuman concrete tangle known as the East L.A. Interchange.
Master played with inhuman speed, barely pausing to think.
Medusa remains a potent icon at a time when women leaders continue to be viewed skeptically or, at worst, as inhuman.
The wind was making a low, inhuman muttering in the pines, and, inspired, the animals let loose in call-and-response.
In the European academic hierarchy, the philosopher who was most inhuman was the one honored with the deepest adulation.
The CIA torture program was both inhuman and an abject failure.
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Origin and Etymology of inhuman
Middle English inhumayne, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French inhumain, from Latin inhumanus, from in- + humanus human
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
INHUMAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inhuman for English Language Learners
: very fierce or cruel
: having or showing no interest in individual people or their feelings : lacking emotional warmth
: not good enough for people to use or live in : extremely poor, dirty, or unhealthy
INHUMAN Defined for Kids
Definition of inhuman for Students
1 : lacking pity or kindness an inhuman tyrant
2 : unlike what might be expected by a human an inhuman scream
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