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beast

 (bēst)
n.
1. An animal other than a human, especially a large four-footed mammal.
2. Animal nature as opposed to intellect or spirit: an insult that brought out the beast in him.
3. A very large or powerful person or thing: drives a beast of a truck.
4. Something of a specified kind: Her latest film is an odd beast.
5. A brutal, contemptible person.

[Middle English beste, from Old French, from Latin bēstia.]

beast

(biːst)
n
1. any animal other than man, esp a large wild quadruped
2. savage nature or characteristics: the beast in man.
3. a brutal, uncivilized, or filthy person
vb
(Military) (tr) military slang chiefly Brit to punish or torture (someone) in a manner that involves excessive physical exercise
[C13: from Old French beste, from Latin bestia, of obscure origin]

beast

(bist)

n.
1. any nonhuman animal, esp. a large, four-footed mammal.
2. the crude animal nature common to humans and other animals.
3. a cruel, coarse, or filthy person.
4. any animal, as distinguished from a plant.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French beste < Latin bēstia]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beast - a living organism characterized by voluntary movementbeast - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
ritual killing, sacrifice - the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
tracking, trailing - the pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or marks they left behind
animal kingdom, Animalia, kingdom Animalia - taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct animals
pest - any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.; "he sprayed the garden to get rid of pests"; "many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides"
critter - a regional term for `creature' (especially for domestic animals)
creepy-crawly - an animal that creeps or crawls (such as worms or spiders or insects)
darter - a person or other animal that moves abruptly and rapidly; "squirrels are darters"
peeper - an animal that makes short high-pitched sounds
homeotherm, homoiotherm, homotherm - an animal that has a body temperature that is relatively constant and independent of the environmental temperature
ectotherm, poikilotherm - an animal whose body temperature varies with the temperature of its surroundings; any animal except birds and mammals
range animal - any animal that lives and grazes in the grassy open land of western North America (especially horses, cattle, sheep)
varment, varmint - any usually predatory wild animal considered undesirable; e.g., coyote
scavenger - any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matter
work animal - an animal trained for and used for heavy labor
domestic animal, domesticated animal - any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment
feeder - an animal that feeds on a particular source of food; "a bark feeder"; "a mud feeder"
migrator - an animal (especially birds and fish) that travels between different habitats at particular times of the year
molter, moulter - an animal (especially birds and arthropods and reptiles) that periodically shed their outer layer (feathers or cuticle or skin or hair)
pet - a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement
stayer - a person or other animal having powers of endurance or perseverance; "the horse that won the race is a good stayer"
stunt - a creature (especially a whale) that has been prevented from attaining full growth
marine animal, marine creature, sea animal, sea creature - any of numerous animals inhabiting the sea including e.g. fishes and molluscs and many mammals
female - an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
male - an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
adult - any mature animal
young, offspring - any immature animal
pureblood, purebred, thoroughbred - a pedigreed animal of unmixed lineage; used especially of horses
giant - any creature of exceptional size
survivor - an animal that survives in spite of adversity; "only the fittest animals were survivors of the cold winters"
mutant - an animal that has undergone mutation
herbivore - any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants; "horses are herbivores"; "the sauropod dinosaurs were apparently herbivores"
insectivore - any organism that feeds mainly on insects
acrodont - an animal having teeth consolidated with the summit of the alveolar ridge without sockets
pleurodont - an animal having teeth fused with the inner surface of the alveolar ridge without sockets
microorganism, micro-organism - any organism of microscopic size
actinomycete - any bacteria (some of which are pathogenic for humans and animals) belonging to the order Actinomycetales
zooplankton - animal constituent of plankton; mainly small crustaceans and fish larvae
conceptus, fertilized egg, embryo - an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
chordate - any animal of the phylum Chordata having a notochord or spinal column
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
metazoan - any animal of the subkingdom Metazoa; all animals except protozoans and sponges
omnivore - an animal that feeds on both animal and vegetable substances
predatory animal, predator - any animal that lives by preying on other animals
prey, quarry - animal hunted or caught for food
game - animal hunted for food or sport
2.beast - a cruelly rapacious personbeast - a cruelly rapacious person    
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker - someone who attacks

beast

noun
1. animal, creature, brute the threats our ancestors faced from wild beasts
2. brute, monster, savage, barbarian, fiend, swine, ogre, ghoul, sadist a sex beast who subjected two sisters to a terrifying ordeal
Quotations
"And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,"
"Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" [W.B. Yeats The Second Coming]

beast

noun
A perversely bad, cruel, or wicked person:
Translations
إنْسانٌ كالوَحْشحَيَوان، وَحْشفَظ، جِلْف، قَذِر
zvířebestieprotivasurovec
bæstdyrudyr
hirviöpeto
kellemetlen embervadállat
dÿr, skepnaóòokkiskepna, kvikindi, óòokki
bjaurusgalvijasgyvuliškasgyvuliškumasnegražus
dzīvniekslopstiepšazvērs
beštia
zverzverina
best
hayvanhayvanın tekikaba/iğrenç adam

beast

[biːst] N
1. (= animal) → bestia f
beast of burdenbestia f de carga
the king of the beastsel rey de los animales
the Beast (Rel) → la Bestia
the mark of the Beast (Rel) → la marca de la Bestia
see also wild D
2. (= person) → bestia mf
that beast of a policemanaquel bestia de policía
what a beast he is!¡qué bruto or bestia es!
you beast!¡animal!
3. (= thing) it's a beast of a dayes un día horrible
it's a beast of a jobes un trabajo de chinos
a good thriller is a rare beast indeedescasean las buenas novelas/películas de suspense
this is quite a different beastesto ya es otra cosa

beast

[ˈbiːst] n
(= animal) → bête f
(= person) he's a beast → c'est une brute
He's a selfish little beast!
BUT Quel petit égoïste, celui-là!.

beast

n
Tier nt
(inf: = person) → Biest nt, → Ekel nt; don’t be a beast!sei nicht so eklig! (inf); that beast of a brother-in-lawdieser fiese Schwager (inf); this (problem) is a beast, it’s a beast (of a problem)das (Problem) hats in sich (inf); a good thriller is a rare beast indeedein guter Krimi ist wirklich eine Seltenheit; TV films are a different beast (from movies)Fernsehfilme sind etwas ganz anderes (als Kinofilme)

beast

[biːst] n (animal) (fam) (disagreeable person) → bestia, animale m; (cruel person) → bruto
beast of burden → bestia da soma
it's a beast of a job (fam) → è un lavoraccio

beast

(biːst)
1. a four-footed (especially large) animal. beasts of the jungle.
2. a cruel, brutal person.
3. an unpleasant person. Arthur is a beast for refusing to come!
ˈbeastly adjective
1. like a beast.
2. disagreeable. What a beastly thing to do!
ˈbeastliness noun
References in classic literature ?
Then she could not endure the dog, a fat, cross beast who snarled and yelped at her when she made his toilet, and who lay on his back with all his legs in the air and a most idiotic expression of countenance when he wanted something to eat, which was about a dozen times a day.
I'll teach you to put your hands on my boy, you beast," roared the sa- loon keeper, who, tired of beating the master, had begun to kick him about the yard.
It didn't make a sound, but there was a smell as if a den of some wild beast was near here.
They might be dried meat from some queer beast, Jim.
he said, in a voice as remarkable for the softness and sweetness of its tones, as was his person for its rare proportions; "I may speak of these things, and be no braggart; for I have been down at both havens; that which is situate at the mouth of Thames, and is named after the capital of Old England, and that which is called 'Haven', with the addition of the word'New'; and have seen the scows and brigantines collecting their droves, like the gathering to the ark, being outward bound to the Island of Jamaica, for the purpose of barter and traffic in four-footed animals; but never before have I beheld a beast which verified the true scripture war-horse like this: 'He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength; he goeth on to meet the armed men.
Hepzibah brought out Some old silver spoons with the family crest upon them, and a china tea-set painted over with grotesque figures of man, bird, and beast, in as grotesque a landscape.
The change was actually like the spring of a beast.
An Irish author avers that the Earl of Leicester, on bended knees, did likewise present to her highness another horn, pertaining to a land beast of the unicorn nature.
Sawyer, that a more unmanly, brutal treatment of a little pony it was never my painful lot to witness, and by giving way to such passion you injure your own character as much, nay more, than you injure your horse; and remember, we shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be toward man or toward beast.
Paulvitch saw no menace in the inquiring gaze, or in the attitude of the beast.
The two Beast Men came running forward to cut me off from the undergrowth, inland.
I haf seen dot beast throw himself back in his chair and laugh when Bertran haf made fun of me.