unhuman

[in-hyoo-muh n, or, often,, ‐yoo-muh n ]
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adjective

lacking human attributes: The unhuman figures in his earlier work were not well received.
of a quality or power beyond what is human; superhuman: Her hands clenched the chair with unhuman strength.
not a member of the human species: Of our unhuman relatives, I love the mountain gorillas best.

Origin of unhuman

First recorded in 1780–85; un-1 + human
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Word Origin and History for unhuman
adj.

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

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