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unhuman

[in-hyoo-muh n, or, often,, ‐yoo-muh n ]
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adjective
  1. lacking human attributes: The unhuman figures in his earlier work were not well received.
  2. of a quality or power beyond what is human; superhuman: Her hands clenched the chair with unhuman strength.
  3. not a member of the human species: Of our unhuman relatives, I love the mountain gorillas best.
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Origin of unhuman

First recorded in 1780–85; un-1 + human
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Examples from the Web for unhuman

Historical Examples

  • Hemmed in by the crowd, he could but face me; he did so with a kind of unhuman passivity.

    The Million-Dollar Suitcase

    Alice MacGowan

  • It was a curious sound, loud and hollow and unhuman, yet it seemed to be a cough.

  • Why, that's the most unhuman thing I ever heard of in all my life!

    The Admiral's Caravan

    Charles E. Carryl

  • But neither ancient gentleman could convince me that you are unhuman.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • Desire of mine and of the unhuman Thing, did we grasp at Eve or Lilith?

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram


Word Origin and History for unhuman

adj.

1540s, "inhumane, cruel," from un- (1) "not" + human. Meaning "superhuman" is from 1782.

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