Definition of inhumane in English:


Line breaks: in|hu¦mane
Pronunciation: /ɪnhjʊˈmeɪn


Without compassion for misery or suffering; cruel: confining wild horses is inhumane
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  • 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.
  • Brutal, cruel, inhumane and disturbing violence happens all over the world.
  • He has been treated in a cruel, inhumane and degrading manner, he wants the authorities to answer for that.
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
informal hard-boiled, hard-nosed
British informal , dated beastly


late Middle English (in the sense 'inhuman, brutal'): originally a variant of inhuman (rare after 1700); in modern use from in-1 'not' + humane (the current sense dating from the early 19th century).



More example sentences
  • See, it's important to me as a consumer that the food on my plate has not raised inhumanely.
  • They are said to have inhumanely treated internees, who sustained injuries following repeated assaults.
  • They've been picked out and treated very inhumanely, without a chance to rectify a mistake or correct their status.

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