[ 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 formsin·hu·mane·ly, adverb
Can be confusedinhuman inhumane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inhumanely

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

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

    Wilford Woodruff|Matthias F. Cowley
  • St. George, inhumanely blessing the circumstance, slipped something in the old man's hand and sprang up the stairs.

    Romance Island|Zona Gale

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