not human; esp., 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 &ellipsis; in inhuman quiet” (Maura O'Halloran).
- Not of ordinary human nature, form, or character: “The woman &ellipsis; lets out a squeal, a strange pig-squeal, completely inhuman” (Ashley Warlick).
(comparative more inhuman, superlative most inhuman)