[ in-hyoo-muhn 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.

Nearby words

  1. inhomogeneity,
  2. inhomogeneous,
  3. inhospitable,
  4. inhospitality,
  5. inhouse,
  6. inhumane,
  7. inhumanity,
  8. inhumation,
  9. inhume,
  10. inigo

Origin of inhuman

1475–85; < Latin inhūmānus; replacing late Middle English inhumain < Middle French < L. See in-3, human

Related formsin·hu·man·ly, adverbin·hu·man·ness, noun

Can be confusedinhuman inhumane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inhuman


/ (ɪnˈhjuːmən) /


Also: inhumane (ˌɪnhjuːˈmeɪn) lacking humane feelings, such as sympathy, understanding, etc; cruel; brutal
not human
Derived Formsinhumanely, adverbinhumanly, adverbinhumanness, 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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