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[in-hyoo-muh n or, often, -yoo-] /ɪnˈhyu mən or, often, -ˈyu-/
lacking qualities of sympathy, pity, warmth, compassion, or the like; cruel; brutal:
an inhuman master.
not suited for human beings.
not human.
Origin of inhuman
late Middle English
1475-85; < Latin inhūmānus; replacing late Middle English inhumain < Middle French < L. See in-3, human
Related forms
inhumanly, adverb
inhumanness, noun
Can be confused
inhuman, inhumane.
1. unfeeling, unsympathetic, cold, callous, hard, savage, brutish. Unabridged
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  • Prehistoric marine reptiles, both alien and awe-inspiring, at once utterly inhuman and somehow irresistibly compelling.
  • The current regime here is dealing with them in an inhuman way, arresting and torturing them.
  • Scientists understand that evolution is a brutal, inhuman process.
  • As inhuman and inefficient as it may be, torture is sometimes the only route available to getting the truth.
  • Hopefully some humane method can be found to reduce the population before nature imposes inhuman methods on billions of people.
  • There are human ways of being and inhuman ways of being in our world.
  • It is disgusting, inhuman, lack of manners and no explanation can cover for the fact that academia needs to get its act together.
  • There is real power and pressure in the culture to go at an inhuman pace with everything beeping around us.
  • Military researchers are building mechanical suits that provide superstrength and inhuman endurance.
  • Suddenly a piercing, inhuman shriek filled the auditorium.
British Dictionary definitions for inhuman


Also inhumane (ˌɪnhjuːˈmeɪn). lacking humane feelings, such as sympathy, understanding, etc; cruel; brutal
not human
Derived Forms
inhumanely, adverb
inhumanly, adverb
inhumanness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inhuman

mid-15c., "cruel," from Latin inhumanus "inhuman, savage, cruel, rude, barbarous," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + humanus "human" (see human). Spelled inhumane till 18c. (see humane).

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