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[in-hyoo-man-i-tee or, often, -yoo-]
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noun, plural in·hu·man·i·ties for 2.
  1. the state or quality of being inhuman or inhumane; cruelty.
  2. an inhuman or inhumane act.
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Origin of inhumanity

1470–80; earlier inhumanite < Latin inhūmānitās. See inhuman, -ity


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1. savagery, brutality, brutishness.
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noun plural -ties
  1. lack of humane qualities
  2. an inhumane act, decision, etc
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Word Origin and History for inhumanity


late 15c., from French inhumanité (14c.) or directly from Latin inhumanitatem (nominative inhumanitas) "inhuman conduct, savageness," noun of quality from inhumanus (see inhuman).

And Man, whose heav'n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn,--
Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!
[Robert Burns, "Man was Made to Mourn," 1784]
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