[ 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.

Origin of inhuman

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

Related forms

in·hu·man·ly, adverbin·hu·man·ness, noun

Can be confused

inhuman 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 Forms

inhumanely, adverbinhumanly, adverbinhumanness, noun
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