inhuman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inhuman belonging to or resembling something nonhuman "something dark and inhuman in form","a babel of inhuman noises"
    • adj inhuman without compunction or human feeling "in cold blood","cold-blooded killing","insensate destruction"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inhuman Characterized by, or attended with, cruelty; as, an inhuman act or punishment.
    • Inhuman Destitute of the kindness and tenderness that belong to a human being; cruel; barbarous; savage; unfeeling; as, an inhuman person or people.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inhuman Not human; not governed by feelings proper to human nature; specifically, not humane; hard-hearted; unfeeling; cruel.
    • inhuman Not proper to human nature; destitute of human quality; specifically, showing want of humanity; marked by unfeelingness or cruelty.
    • inhuman Synonyms Pitiless, merciless, brutal, ruthless, remorseless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inhuman in-hū′man barbarous: cruel: unfeeling
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Quotations

  • Guillaume Apollinaire
    Guillaume Apollinaire
    “Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman.”
  • Marian Anderson
    Marian Anderson
    “Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “I cannot help thinking that the menace of Hell makes as many devils as the severe penal codes of inhuman humanity make villains.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inhumanus,: cf. F. inhumain,. See In- not, and Human

Usage

In literature:

Who else had an interest in a deed so inhuman?
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
It is evidently Religion; it is zeal, that renders men inhuman, and serves to conceal the greatest atrocities.
"Good Sense" by Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
Dirt and clamour and inhuman conditions surrounded me.
"The Path to Rome" by Hilaire Belloc
The veil drawn over the fate of the inhuman princess is well conceived.
"Egyptian Tales, Second Series, XVIIIth To XIXth Dynasty Translated From The Papyri, Second Edition" by W. M. Flinders Petrie
It would be inhuman to make the reader suffer through this delay with us after it ceased to be pleasure and began to be pain.
"Familiar Spanish Travels" by W. D. Howells
Vanderbank's silence might, without his mere kind pacific look, have seemed almost inhuman.
"The Awkward Age" by Henry James
We left Walter in a situation of that critical nature, that it would be inhuman to delay our return to him any longer.
"Eugene Aram, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I could not do so without using a force that would have been inhuman.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Do you think this woman was unfeeling and inhuman?
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
It was more than ungracious on his part; it was ungrateful, almost inhuman.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
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In poetry:

And, hence the "Papist" by your clan
Is dogged with words inhuman,
Because he loves that friend of man
The highest type of woman —
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
"Inhuman Father! wilt thou risk
My peace on earth, and hopes of heaven?
Tremble, tyrannic parent, think
What love may do to madness driven!"
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
Fond mother! in thy Julia's eyes
Canst thou not see his reign is near?
Inhuman father! hark! loud groans
Shall swell the blast;….Beware! beware!
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
On Philip's name a bloody blot
The white man's writ has thrown, —
The ruthless raid, the inhuman plot;
And yet what one of us would not Do battle for his own !
"King Philip’s Last Stand" by Clinton Scollard
'Tis mine, alas! to mourn a wretched fate:
I love a maid who all my bosom charms,
Yet lose my days without this lovely mate;
Inhuman fortune keeps her from my arms.
"To The Nightingale" by James Thomson
"Yet hard it seems, when Guilt's last fine is paid,
To see the victim's corse denied repose;
Now, more severe, the poor offenceless maid
Dreads the dire outrage of inhuman foes.
"Elegy XXII. Written in the Year ----, When the Rights of Sepulture Were So Frequently Violated" by William Shenstone

In news:

State Officials Respond to Mother Jones' "School of Shock" Story, Call the Judge Rotenberg Center " Inhumane ".
Execution rules still inhumane .
Red Cross Cites ' Inhumane ' Treatment at Guantanamo.
Two Michigan farms accused of treating workers inhumanely .
Man inhumanely kept dogs in storage unit.
The inhumanity of the animal people.
Too many acts of inhumanity committed in the name of religion.
Inhumanity has plagued much of the GOP leadership.
Museum harnesses beetles to get bones inhumanly spotless.
It might seem inhumane to some New Yorkers – the idea of a 275 to 300 square feet apartment – but to others it's the lap of luxury.
Israel must stop the inhumane deportations and unjust detention of these migrants and instead implement a comprehensive refugee policy.
Council member Paul Koretz is trying to encourage an alternative business model for pet shop s that would disincentivize the sale of inhumanely bred puppy mill animals.
'Just because people think politically different to you doesn't mean they're inhuman'.
Cramped quarters on most airplanes make it downright inhumane to recline your seat, minimizing the already-meager leg room of the person behind you.
Does He Need Any Special Consideration?Clark County jail operates under inhumane conditions, claims champ's attorney, Richard Wright .
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In science:

Initially, the two notebook pages for extrema (84 and 85) were called human and inhuman.
Astrophysics in 2006
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