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[ in-hyoo-muhnor, often, -yoo- ]


  1. lacking qualities of sympathy, pity, warmth, compassion, or the like; cruel; brutal:

    an inhuman master.

    Synonyms: unsympathetic, brutish, savage, hard, callous, cold, unfeeling

  2. not suited for human beings.
  3. not human.


/ ɪnˈhjuːmən /


  1. Alsoinhumaneˌɪnhjuːˈmeɪn lacking humane feelings, such as sympathy, understanding, etc; cruel; brutal
  2. not human

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Derived Forms

  • inˈhumanness, noun
  • inˈhumanly, adverb
  • ˌinhuˈmanely, adverb
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Other Words From

  • in·human·ly adverb
  • in·human·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of inhuman1

First recorded in 1475–85; from Latin inhūmānus; replacing late Middle English inhumain, from Middle French, from Latin; in- 3, human
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Example Sentences

I would venture that, if I were to compare the two, the series that tackles that more elegantly is The Voice, and not the one who strips contestants of their entire identity, renders them inhuman, and turns them into cartoons.

I asked the jail’s warden during a later interrogation — about which you will later know why — about this inhuman behavior and he told me that they did it so that we could sleep at night.

“It’s inhuman that people are making a business out of it,” she says.

They will surely be instructed that their political opponents are really ruthless, inhuman enemies, bent on canceling and silencing them by any means necessary.

She was asked to embody an inhuman level of perfection in order to be accepted as 'good enough' by the doubters but showed them all what it means to be truly outstanding.

In a close-to-human face, every inhuman trait becomes magnified.

Last but not least, the Inhumans are a genetically advanced “inhuman race” that was formed via experimentation by the alien Kree.

They, too, bear some responsibility for the scandal represented by these T-shirts mass-produced under inhuman conditions.

His inhuman biceps and sultry hip pumping will ease any pain felt after hearing about his exit from the figure skating scene.

Liberalism, the evolving attempt to fully express the human, was about to face an inhuman threat.

By all the sounded consonants we have—“Inhuman Civil War;” the latter shorter, more significant, and more easily remembered.

For some twelve centuries the Holy Church carried out this inhuman policy.

There was a long stretch of wood country, where the wretch's most inhuman deeds had been located.

Suddenly, some common impulse born of the moment and the scene—of its inhuman ghostliness and grandeur—drew them to each other.

It is evidently religion; it is a zeal which renders inhuman, and which serves to cover the greatest infamy.