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


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.

Nearby words

  1. unhoped,
  2. unhoped-for,
  3. unhorse,
  4. unhouse,
  5. unhouseled,
  6. unhurried,
  7. unhurt,
  8. unhusk,
  9. unhygienic,
  10. uni

Origin of unhuman

First recorded in 1780–85; un-1 + human

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Word Origin and History for unhuman



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper