Definition of inhumane in English:



  • Without compassion for misery or suffering; cruel.

    ‘confining wild horses is inhumane’
    • ‘Furthermore we live in an age where we need not kill a criminal in an inhumane way.’
    • ‘Hundreds of thousands of slaves died under inhumane conditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has been treated in a cruel, inhumane and degrading manner, he wants the authorities to answer for that.’
    • ‘Brutal, cruel, inhumane and disturbing violence happens all over the world.’
    • ‘The standard of treatment is now well established as illegal and inhumane.’
    • ‘This is inhumane and will create more tensions between the two countries.’
    • ‘They were made to labour under most inhumane conditions in a strange land.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their conduct was not only inhumane and barbaric, it was also plainly illegal.’
    • ‘Even in its most inhumane form, child labour, he argues, is not the problem.’
    • ‘Mainly though, they, and I, think it is wrong to chase and kill animals in such an inhumane and totally unnecessary way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because of the inhumane nature of slavery, slave revolts became commonplace in Jamaica.’
    • ‘Why is it that violent and inhumane acts are screened daily on television?’
    • ‘Sadly, many nations suffer from despotic, inhumane regimes, and we play sport with them.’
    cruel, harsh, brutal, callous, sadistic, severe, savage, vicious, barbaric, barbarous
    bestial, monstrous, inhuman, fiendish, diabolical, evil, wicked, heinous
    merciless, ruthless, pitiless, unpitying, remorseless, cold-blooded, heartless, hard-hearted, stone-hearted, with a heart of stone, unforgiving
    unkind, unkindly, inconsiderate, unsympathetic, unfeeling, uncaring
    hard-boiled, hard-nosed
    dastardly, sanguinary
    egregious, flagitious
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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).