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nounplural noun inhumanities

  • Extremely cruel and brutal behavior.

    ‘a justification for further cruelty and inhumanity’
    • ‘There are no precedents for what is the most public act of inhumanity in the world's history, so schools have largely been left to get by on a wing and a lot of prayers.’
    • ‘The positive is that there's less disorder and inhumanity which would have gone on in Bosnia or Kosovo.’
    • ‘I don't often use words like ‘wickedness’ to describe acts of inhumanity.’
    • ‘He will be remembered by family and friends as a truly courageous individual who used his talents as a cameraman to fight inhumanity.’
    • ‘This is the kind of unspeakable inhumanity we are all up against.’
    • ‘Instead, she has chosen a dangerous, heartbreaking life, which sees risk and suffering and gross inhumanity every single day.’
    • ‘He says he lost all interest in photographing soldiers in action, and became determined to show the world the results of man's inhumanity to man.’
    • ‘The engrossing series is a searing reminder of man's capacity for unimaginable acts of inhumanity against fellow man.’
    • ‘Which is an act of war and defense and which is an act of depraved inhumanity?’
    • ‘Despite any such fears however, acts of inhumanity towards a surrendered enemy have no place in the third Millenium.’
    • ‘Others will witness acts of inhumanity that will haunt their remaining days.’
    • ‘To turn a country into a laboratory is to give ample warning of inhumanity.’
    • ‘He has spent his life analysing and opposing injustice and inhumanity.’
    • ‘If I'm witnessing torture and inhumanity on a grand scale, the answer is no.’
    • ‘Some historians claim this is the most graphic example of man's inhumanity to man.’
    • ‘It takes acts of monumental inhumanity before such rather basic people would take a risk.’
    • ‘I am a part of the collective sorrow felt around the world about man's inhumanity to man.’
    • ‘It begins in Britain today with the purpose of reminding the world about the cost of man's inhumanity to man.’
    • ‘As other camps fell into Allied hands the full story of Nazi inhumanity began to be told.’
    cruelty, harshness, brutality, callousness, sadism, severity, savagery, viciousness, barbarity, barbarism
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/ˌin(h)yo͞oˈmanədē/ /ˌɪn(h)juˈmænədi/


Late 15th century from Old French inhumanite or Latin inhumanitas, from inhumanus ‘inhuman’.