from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Lack of pity or compassion.
  • noun An inhuman or cruel act.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being inhuman or inhumane; cruelty; barbarity.
  • noun Synonyms Unkindness, brutality, ruthlessness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being inhuman or inhumane; cruelty; barbarity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The lack of compassion.
  • noun An inhuman act.

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

  • noun the quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others
  • noun an act of atrocious cruelty


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  • Africa, and the people in the market-place a lively and chromatic jangle; but the shadow of what we call inhumanity (when we are trying to persuade ourselves that humanity is something very different) chills and darkens the heart.

    Old Junk

  • Moreover, this would silence once and for all those gabblers who had undertaken to criticise him for what they called his inhumanity in banishing this only son when he was only trying to bring up that child in the way he should go.

    Kennedy Square

  • The inhumanity is clear from the hideous lips and mouth and eyes as cold and expressionless as those of a dead fish.

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  • His contrition for chemical inhumanity is shaded in the gloom of cosmic insecurity.

    Joshua Lederberg - Banquet Speech

  • What we call inhumanity is we fear not _inhuman_, but _human nature unrestrained_.

    American Prisoners of the Revolution

  • "You cannot be so inhuman as to propose such terms!" said I. "The inhumanity is on your side," answered Mr. Brereton.

    Memoirs of Mary Robinson

  • We have been accustomed to regard the rebel inhumanity to prisoners as one of the darkest clouds in the whole horizon; but look round you: see how that inhumanity is opening the eyes of men at home and abroad to the true character of this rebellion.

    Three Discourses

  • Those that are cruel: Thou wilt abhor the bloody man; for inhumanity is no less contrary, no less hateful, to the God of mercy, whom mercy pleases.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • Such a prevalency of irreligion and inhumanity is bad in any, but very bad in a judge, who has power in his hand, in the use of which he ought to be guided by the principles of religion and justice, and, if he be not, instead of doing good with his power he will be in danger of doing hurt.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • When this kind of inhumanity is OK’d and, frankly, supported?

    Snips And Snails And The Unbearable Heaviness Of Roman Polanski | Her Bad Mother


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