One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Lacking human qualities of compassion and mercy; cruel and barbaric.
cruel, harsh, inhumane, brutal, callous, sadistic, severe, savage, vicious, barbaric, barbarousView synonyms
- ‘The shock of inhuman brutality was sufficient to traumatize the Albanians into submission.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And what does it mean when people take offense and respond in evil and inhuman ways?’
- ‘They violate the convention against torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.’
- ‘The brutal and inhuman methods of these organizations bespeak not liberation, but provocation.’
- ‘He is despised in the West because of the inhuman brutality of his dictatorship.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It appears that we are the brutal, inhuman people that our history book have tried to conceal.’
- ‘Anyways, lets not dwell on the inhuman ways in which some humans treat their brothers.’
- ‘We diminish ourselves if we allow the atrocities committed by others to turn us into inhuman people capable of similar evil.’
- ‘He and his political cronies are guilty of cruel and inhuman treatment of a helpless human.’
- ‘I'm also assuming that they don't support the view of the men as evil and inhuman.’
- ‘How come we are subjected to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment?’
- ‘Violence meted out to women in the country is widespread and inhuman; worse, is sanctioned by society.’
- ‘Some professors, lawyers, judges and doctors are making barbaric and inhuman decisions.’
- ‘Torture is, of course, a more severe type of inhuman treatment.’
- ‘The new law explicitly states that people should not be subject to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.’
- ‘Officers at the prison murdered him because he dared to complain about the inhuman conditions and the poor quality of food.’
- ‘It is not only unorthodox but also inhuman and borders on the violation of human rights.’
2Not human in nature or character.‘the inhuman scale of the dinosaurs’
non-human, non-mortal, monstrous, devilish, demonic, demoniac, ghostlyView synonyms
- ‘Over the ruins of the castle rose an unearthly wind, carrying with it an inhuman wail.’
- ‘He cried out and tried to get away, but the stranger pinioned him down with inhuman strength.’
- ‘Robin slowly opened his eyes and saw a strange, inhuman figure in front of him.’
- ‘Only a drama producer with inhuman restraint could have resisted such characters.’
- ‘The vicious inhuman growling made her shake and soon she could feel it's hot breath against her cheeks.’
- ‘To the very recesses of his mind he tracked down the reason for this strange and utterly inhuman sense of being.’
Late Middle English (originally as inhumane): from Latin inhumanus, from in- ‘not’ + humanus (see human).
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