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[in-hyoo-meyn or, often, -yoo-] /ˌɪn hyuˈmeɪn or, often, -yu-/
not humane; lacking humanity, kindness, compassion, etc.
Origin of inhumane
1590-1600; variant of inhuman; see in-3, humane
Related forms
inhumanely, adverb
Can be confused
inhuman, inhumane. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • St. George, inhumanely blessing the circumstance, slipped something in the old man's hand and sprang up the stairs.

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  • This lingering remnant was, therefore, inhumanely treated and driven into the wilderness without provisions and without shelter.

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  • Poor Pearson was inhumanely mangled on the face as he lay on his back.

Word Origin and History for inhumanely



late 15c., from Latin inhumanus (see inhuman). Originally a variant spelling and pronunciation of inhuman, it appears to have died out 17c. but been revived c.1822 as a negative form of humane.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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