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subhuman

[suhb-hyoo-muh n or, often, -yoo-] /sʌbˈhyu mən or, often, -ˈyu-/
adjective
1.
less than or not quite human.
2.
almost human:
In some respects, the porpoise is subhuman.
Origin of subhuman
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95; sub- + human
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  • Only some subhuman could bring himself to study such things.

    The Weakling Everett B. Cole
  • In their fleeting and impersonal character, however, they are subhuman.

  • They were things of beauty, but it was a beauty strange, menacing, subhuman.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • Man was superhuman in power and glory, subhuman in morality.

    By Earthlight Bryce Walton
  • It seems a strange ending for an angel-song, a far drop from the superhuman to the subhuman.

British Dictionary definitions for subhuman

subhuman

/sʌbˈhjuːmən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or designating animals that are below man (Homo sapiens) in evolutionary development
2.
less than human
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Word Origin and History for subhuman
adj.

1793, from sub- + human. The noun is first recorded 1957.

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