inhumane in`hu*mane" ([i^]n`h[=u]*m[=a]n"), adj. not humane; lacking and reflecting lack of pity, kindness, or compassion; as, humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world; biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used. [Narrower terms: {barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious}; {beastly, bestial, brute(prenominal), brutish, cannibalic ; {brutal, cruel}; {cold, cold-blooded, inhuman, insensate ; {pitiless, unfeeling, unkind ; {painful (vs. painless) ] Also See: {uncivilized}. Antonym: {humane}. [WordNet 1.5]

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