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inhumane

[in-hyoo-meyn or, often, -yoo-]
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adjective
  1. not humane; lacking humanity, kindness, compassion, etc.
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Origin of inhumane

1590–1600; variant of inhuman; see in-3, humane
Related formsin·hu·mane·ly, adverb
Can be confusedinhuman inhumane
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Historical Examples

  • St. George, inhumanely blessing the circumstance, slipped something in the old man's hand and sprang up the stairs.

    Romance Island

    Zona Gale

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

    Wilford Woodruff

    Matthias F. Cowley

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


Word Origin and History for inhumanely

inhumane

adj.

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.

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