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Without compassion for misery or suffering; cruel:‘confining wild horses is inhumane’
cruel, harsh, brutal, callous, sadistic, severe, savage, vicious, barbaric, barbarousbestial, monstrous, inhuman, fiendish, diabolical, evil, wicked, heinousmerciless, ruthless, pitiless, unpitying, remorseless, cold-blooded, heartless, hard-hearted, stone-hearted, with a heart of stone, unforgivingunkind, unkindly, inconsiderate, unsympathetic, unfeeling, uncaringhard-boiled, hard-nosedbeastlydastardly, sanguinaryegregious, flagitiousView synonyms
- ‘Because of the inhumane nature of slavery, slave revolts became commonplace in Jamaica.’
- ‘The interior ministers saw no reason to stop this inhumane and barbaric practice, however.’
- ‘The standard of treatment is now well established as illegal and inhumane.’
- ‘If those who have the power to change this law have listened to my story, then I hope they will see that the law is cruel, barbaric and inhumane.’
- ‘Their conduct was not only inhumane and barbaric, it was also plainly illegal.’
- ‘Hundreds of thousands of slaves died under inhumane conditions.’
- ‘I do not think that this should include hypothetical discussions about a management that most would agree to be inhumane.’
- ‘Mainly though, they, and I, think it is wrong to chase and kill animals in such an inhumane and totally unnecessary way.’
- ‘He has been treated in a cruel, inhumane and degrading manner, he wants the authorities to answer for that.’
- ‘This is inhumane and will create more tensions between the two countries.’
- ‘Furthermore we live in an age where we need not kill a criminal in an inhumane way.’
- ‘There are those who decry landmines as inhumane, but that is not always the case.’
- ‘I hate it when my countrymen and I are branded as inhumane, criminals, or some other nasty term.’
- ‘They were made to labour under most inhumane conditions in a strange land.’
- ‘Why is it that violent and inhumane acts are screened daily on television?’
- ‘Brutal, cruel, inhumane and disturbing violence happens all over the world.’
- ‘Even in its most inhumane form, child labour, he argues, is not the problem.’
- ‘Most of this is produced in intensive farming systems which are extremely cruel and inhumane.’
- ‘Sadly, many nations suffer from despotic, inhumane regimes, and we play sport with them.’
- ‘Patriotism constantly plays upon people's insecurities and fears to justify very inhumane behaviour.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘inhuman, brutal’): originally a variant of inhuman (rare after 1700); in modern use from in- ‘not’+ humane (the current sense dating from the early 19th century).
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