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[in-hyoo-muh n or, often, -yoo-]
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  1. lacking qualities of sympathy, pity, warmth, compassion, or the like; cruel; brutal: an inhuman master.
  2. not suited for human beings.
  3. not human.
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Origin of inhuman

1475–85; < Latin inhūmānus; replacing late Middle English inhumain < Middle French < L. See in-3, human
Related formsin·hu·man·ly, adverbin·hu·man·ness, noun
Can be confusedinhuman inhumane


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1. unfeeling, unsympathetic, cold, callous, hard, savage, brutish.
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  1. Also: inhumane (ˌɪnhjuːˈmeɪn) lacking humane feelings, such as sympathy, understanding, etc; cruel; brutal
  2. not human
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Derived Formsinhumanely, adverbinhumanly, adverbinhumanness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inhumanly



mid-15c., "cruel," from Latin inhumanus "inhuman, savage, cruel, rude, barbarous," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + humanus "human" (see human). Spelled inhumane till 18c. (see humane).

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