inhumanity


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in·hu·man·i·ty

 (ĭn′hyo͞o-măn′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. in·hu·man·i·ties
1. Lack of pity or compassion.
2. An inhuman or cruel act.

inhumanity

(ˌɪnhjuːˈmænɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. lack of humane qualities
2. an inhumane act, decision, etc

in•hu•man•i•ty

(ˌɪn hyuˈmæn ɪ ti; often -yu-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being inhuman or inhumane; cruelty.
2. an inhuman or inhumane act.
[1470–80; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inhumanity - the quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
atrociousness, atrocity, barbarity, barbarousness, heinousness - the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
bestiality - the stupid brutal quality of a beast
unmercifulness, mercilessness - inhumaneness evidenced by an unwillingness to be kind or forgiving
2.inhumanity - an act of atrocious crueltyinhumanity - an act of atrocious cruelty    
cruelty, inhuman treatment - a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
barbarism, barbarity, brutality, savagery - a brutal barbarous savage act
outrage - a wantonly cruel act
enormity - an act of extreme wickedness

inhumanity

noun cruelty, atrocity, brutality, ruthlessness, barbarism, viciousness, heartlessness, unkindness, brutishness, cold-bloodedness, pitilessness, cold-heartedness, hardheartedness the inhumanity of war
Quotations
"Man's inhumanity to man"
"Makes countless thousands mourn" [Robert Burns Man was Made to Mourn]
"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity" [George Bernard Shaw The Devil's Disciple]

inhumanity

noun
A cruel act or an instance of cruel behavior:
Translations
عَدَم إنْسانيَّه، وَحْشِيَّه
nelidskost
umenneskelighed
miskunnarleysi
neľudskosť
zalimlik

inhumanity

[ˌɪnhjuːˈmænɪtɪ] Ninhumanidad f, crueldad f
man's inhumanity to manla crueldad del hombre para con sus semejantes

inhumanity

[ˌɪnhjʊˈmænɪti] ninhumanité f

inhumanity

nUnmenschlichkeit f; man’s inhumanity to mandie Unmenschlichkeit der Menschen untereinander

inhumanity

[ˌɪnhjuːˈmænɪtɪ] ninumanità f inv, disumanità f inv

inhuman

(inˈhjuːmən) adjective
extremely cruel or brutal; not seeming to be human. His treatment of his children was quite inhuman.
ˌinhuˈmanity (-ˈmӕ-) noun
cruelty or lack of pity.
References in classic literature ?
He thought of forcing him to do it; but, having had, of old, experience of his inflexibility when commanded to take part in any deed of inhumanity, he would not, in his hurry, stop to enter into any conflict with him.
The holidays are part and parcel of the gross fraud, wrong, and inhumanity of slavery.
Inquiries were made as to how it got there; I was obliged to confess, and in recompense for my cowardice and inhumanity was sent out of the house.
Ships are sent with the first opportunity; the natives driven out or destroyed; their princes tortured to discover their gold; a free license given to all acts of inhumanity and lust, the earth reeking with the blood of its inhabitants: and this execrable crew of butchers, employed in so pious an expedition, is a modern colony, sent to convert and civilize an idolatrous and barbarous people!
These unjustifiable practices on their part produced severity on the part of the Spaniards toward the subjects of Great Britain which were not more justifiable, because they exceeded the bounds of a just retaliation and were chargeable with inhumanity and cruelty.
Nevertheless, his barbarous cruelty and inhumanity with infinite wickedness do not permit him to be celebrated among the most excellent men.
This being so, to remain in ignorance of the enemy's condition simply because one grudges the outlay of a hundred ounces of silver in honors and emoluments, is the height of inhumanity.
I had supposed him to be despising his fellow-creatures in general, but did not suspect him of descending to such malicious revenge, such injustice, such inhumanity as this.
Perhishing gloomily, Spurred by contumely, Cold inhumanity, Burning insanity, Into her rest, -- Cross her hands humbly, As if praying dumbly, Over her breast
Clayton remonstrated against the inhumanity of landing them upon an unknown shore to be left to the mercies of savage beasts, and, possibly, still more savage men.
Trent stood a little apart and hated himself for this last piece of inhumanity.
Without arguing this matter of my general reputation, accepting it at its current face value, let me add that I have indeed lived life in a very rough school and have seen more than the average man's share of inhumanity and cruelty, from the forecastle and the prison, the slum and the desert, the execution-chamber and the lazar-house, to the battlefield and the military hospital.