Meaning of inhuman in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈhjuːmən/

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  • 1Lacking human qualities of compassion and mercy; cruel and barbaric.

    ‘the inhuman treatment meted out to political prisoners’
    • ‘He and his political cronies are guilty of cruel and inhuman treatment of a helpless human.’
    • ‘The new law explicitly states that people should not be subject to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.’
    • ‘They violate the convention against torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.’
    • ‘How come we are subjected to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment?’
    • ‘Torture is, of course, a more severe type of inhuman treatment.’
    • ‘Some professors, lawyers, judges and doctors are making barbaric and inhuman decisions.’
    • ‘I'm also assuming that they don't support the view of the men as evil and inhuman.’
    • ‘It appears that we are the brutal, inhuman people that our history book have tried to conceal.’
    • ‘He is despised in the West because of the inhuman brutality of his dictatorship.’
    • ‘And what does it mean when people take offense and respond in evil and inhuman ways?’
    • ‘The brutal and inhuman methods of these organizations bespeak not liberation, but provocation.’
    • ‘Around 68 years ago a man rose to power in Germany, a man who would unleash the most inhuman reign of any human being in history.’
    • ‘Their admiration was even greater since the French had been represented to them as the most inhuman and savage people.’
    • ‘They probably thought we were so inhuman and so evil so as to be totally devoid of feelings.’
    • ‘The shock of inhuman brutality was sufficient to traumatize the Albanians into submission.’
    • ‘Officers at the prison murdered him because he dared to complain about the inhuman conditions and the poor quality of food.’
    • ‘Violence meted out to women in the country is widespread and inhuman; worse, is sanctioned by society.’
    • ‘Anyways, lets not dwell on the inhuman ways in which some humans treat their brothers.’
    • ‘It is not only unorthodox but also inhuman and borders on the violation of human rights.’
    • ‘We diminish ourselves if we allow the atrocities committed by others to turn us into inhuman people capable of similar evil.’
    cruel, harsh, inhumane, brutal, callous, sadistic, severe, savage, vicious, barbaric, barbarous
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  • 2Not human in nature or character.

    ‘the inhuman scale of the dinosaurs’
    • ‘Only a drama producer with inhuman restraint could have resisted such characters.’
    • ‘To the very recesses of his mind he tracked down the reason for this strange and utterly inhuman sense of being.’
    • ‘Robin slowly opened his eyes and saw a strange, inhuman figure in front of him.’
    • ‘He cried out and tried to get away, but the stranger pinioned him down with inhuman strength.’
    • ‘Over the ruins of the castle rose an unearthly wind, carrying with it an inhuman wail.’
    • ‘The vicious inhuman growling made her shake and soon she could feel it's hot breath against her cheeks.’
    non-human, non-mortal, monstrous, devilish, demonic, demoniac, ghostly
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Late Middle English (originally as inhumane): from Latin inhumanus, from in- ‘not’ + humanus (see human).