- not human
- not having the qualities considered normal to or for human beings; unfeeling, heartless, cruel, barbarous, etc.
Origin of inhumanLate Middle English inhumayn from Middle French inhumain from Classical Latin inhumanus
- Lacking kindness, pity, or compassion; cruel or indifferent: inhuman treatment of the prisoners.
- Not suited for human needs: “The monks sat … in inhuman quiet” ( Maura O'Halloran )
- Not of ordinary human nature, form, or character: “The woman … lets out a squeal, a strange pig-squeal, completely inhuman” ( Ashley Warlick )
(comparative more inhuman, superlative most inhuman)