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

Examples of inhumanity in a Sentence

man's inhumanity to man has been a recurring theme in human history
Recent Examples on the Web If the American Civil War ended the barbarous inhumanity of slavery, and the English Civil War restrained monarchical power, what did the Russian Civil War achieve? Douglas Smith, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 Something to remind them of the humanity beneath the inhumanity. New York Times, 19 July 2022 These captains of cruelty are also fundraising off their inhumanity. Teresa M. Hanafin,, 16 Sep. 2022 For both, the specific settings merely provided the staging area for their deeper concerns — an exploration of the motivating forces that might explain man’s inhumanity to man. Arthur Knight, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Aug. 2022 Castle Rock, on the other hand, spoke to its inhumanity, denying a mother whose three children were killed by her husband the right to sue the police who failed to enforce a restraining order against him. New York Times, 25 July 2022 Vladimir Putin would either consent and facilitate distribution of supplies or provoke more denunciations of Russia for its inhumanity. Douglas J. Feith And John Hannah, WSJ, 14 Mar. 2022 Why does the government act with such inhumanity in a supposedly humanitarian cause? Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 14 June 2022 At a time when the country is spinning in circles trying to make sense of race, ward off inhumanity and define social justice, Parks’s artistic heirs are uniquely positioned to shed light, offer guidance and question the status quo. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 9 June 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 7 Oct. 2022.

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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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