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[in-hyoo-man-i-tee or, often, -yoo-] /ˌɪn hyuˈmæn ɪ ti or, often, -yu-/
noun, plural inhumanities for 2.
the state or quality of being inhuman or inhumane; cruelty.
an inhuman or inhumane act.
Origin of inhumanity
1470-80; earlier inhumanite < Latin inhūmānitās. See inhuman, -ity
1. savagery, brutality, brutishness. Unabridged
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  • Images of inhumanity and atrocity are burned into our memories.
  • The ultimate result could be lower crime rates, at a reduced cost, and with considerably less inhumanity in the bargain.
  • If foreign policy is about anything, it should be about stopping this kind of inhumanity.
  • The inhumanity of these processes is abominable and cannot be tolerated in a society that claims to be civilized.
  • The cruelty and inhumanity of dog fighting has been exposed.
British Dictionary definitions for inhumanity


noun (pl) -ties
lack of humane qualities
an inhumane act, decision, etc
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Word Origin and History for inhumanity

late 15c., from French inhumanité (14c.) or directly from Latin inhumanitatem (nominative inhumanitas) "inhuman conduct, savageness," noun of quality from inhumanus (see inhuman).

And Man, whose heav'n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn,--
Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!
[Robert Burns, "Man was Made to Mourn," 1784]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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