Definition of inhumane in US English:

inhumane

adjective

  • Without compassion for misery or suffering; cruel.

    ‘confining wild horses is inhumane’
    • ‘Even in its most inhumane form, child labour, he argues, is not the problem.’
    • ‘The standard of treatment is now well established as illegal and inhumane.’
    • ‘I hate it when my countrymen and I are branded as inhumane, criminals, or some other nasty term.’
    • ‘He has been treated in a cruel, inhumane and degrading manner, he wants the authorities to answer for that.’
    • ‘Patriotism constantly plays upon people's insecurities and fears to justify very inhumane behaviour.’
    • ‘I do not think that this should include hypothetical discussions about a management that most would agree to be inhumane.’
    • ‘Because of the inhumane nature of slavery, slave revolts became commonplace in Jamaica.’
    • ‘Sadly, many nations suffer from despotic, inhumane regimes, and we play sport with them.’
    • ‘Why is it that violent and inhumane acts are screened daily on television?’
    • ‘Hundreds of thousands of slaves died under inhumane conditions.’
    • ‘Mainly though, they, and I, think it is wrong to chase and kill animals in such an inhumane and totally unnecessary way.’
    • ‘They were made to labour under most inhumane conditions in a strange land.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is inhumane and will create more tensions between the two countries.’
    • ‘Their conduct was not only inhumane and barbaric, it was also plainly illegal.’
    • ‘Most of this is produced in intensive farming systems which are extremely cruel and inhumane.’
    • ‘The interior ministers saw no reason to stop this inhumane and barbaric practice, however.’
    • ‘Brutal, cruel, inhumane and disturbing violence happens all over the world.’
    cruel, harsh, brutal, callous, sadistic, severe, savage, vicious, barbaric, barbarous
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Origin

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).

Pronunciation

inhumane

/ˌin(h)yo͞oˈmān//ˌɪn(h)juˈmeɪn/