from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking kindness, pity, or compassion; cruel. See Synonyms at cruel.
  • adj. Deficient in emotional warmth; cold.
  • adj. Not suited for human needs: an inhuman environment.
  • adj. Not of ordinary human form; monstrous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to inhumanity and the indifferently cruel, sadistic or barbaric behavior it brings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of the kindness and tenderness that belong to a human being; cruel; barbarous; savage; unfeeling.
  • adj. Characterized by, or attended with, cruelty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not human; not governed by feelings proper to human nature; specifically, not humane; hard-hearted; unfeeling; cruel.
  • Not proper to human nature; destitute of human quality; specifically, showing want of humanity; marked by unfeelingness or cruelty.
  • Synonyms Pitiless, merciless, brutal, ruthless, remorseless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. without compunction or human feeling
  • adj. belonging to or resembling something nonhuman


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