bestial


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bes·tial

 (bĕs′chəl, bēs′-)
adj.
1. Of or resembling a beast: a bestial roar.
2. Marked by brutality or depravity; brutal or depraved: capable of the most bestial acts imaginable.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin bēstiālis, from Latin bēstia, beast.]

bes′tial·ly adv.

bestial

(ˈbɛstɪəl)
adj
1. brutal or savage
2. sexually depraved; carnal
3. lacking in refinement; brutish
4. of or relating to a beast
[C14: from Late Latin bestiālis, from Latin bestia beast]
ˈbestially adv

bes•tial

(ˈbɛs tʃəl, ˈbis-)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or having the form of a beast.
2. lacking reason or intelligence.
3. debased; inhuman.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin bēstiālis; see beast]
bes′tial•ly, adv.

Bestial

 collective term for domestic animals, 1393; replaced by cattle in the 17th century.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bestial - resembling a beastbestial - resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility; "beastly desires"; "a bestial nature"; "brute force"; "a dull and brutish man"; "bestial treatment of prisoners"
inhumane - lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion; "humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world"; "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"

bestial

adjective brutal, low, animal, gross, savage, beastly, primitive, degraded, sensual, vile, sordid, barbaric, inhuman, depraved, carnal, brutish, barbarous, scungy (Austral. & N.Z.), beastlike the bestial conditions into which the city has sunk

bestial

adjective
Showing or suggesting a disposition to be violently destructive without scruple or restraint:
Translations

bestial

[ˈbestɪəl] ADJbestial

bestial

[ˈbɛstiəl] adj (= brutish) [behaviour, situation] → bestial(e)

bestial

adj acts, crueltybestialisch, tierisch; person, look, appearance (= cruel)brutal; (= carnal)tierisch

bestial

[ˈbɛstɪəl] adjbestiale

bestial

a. bestial, irracional, brutal.
References in classic literature ?
For those the Race of ISRAEL oft forsook Their living strength, and unfrequented left His righteous Altar, bowing lowly down To bestial Gods; for which their heads as low Bow'd down in Battel, sunk before the Spear Of despicable foes.
Beneath its purple pall, the face painted on the canvas could grow bestial, sodden, and unclean.
There was not a mark of dignity or pride upon his bestial countenance, while his enormous bulk spread itself out upon the platform where he squatted like some huge devil fish, his six limbs accentuating the similarity in a horrible and startling manner.
The ape had made no move to attack the Russian but even so the man was none too sure of what might happen were he to interfere with the savage beast, now thoroughly aroused to bestial rage, and with the smell of new spilled blood fresh in its nostrils.
This familiar that I called out of my own soul, and sent forth alone to do his good pleasure, was a being inherently malign and villainous; his every act and thought centered on self; drinking pleasure with bestial avidity from any degree of torture to another; relentless like a man of stone.
I thought not to repent me of cutting down a Maypole," replied Endicott, "yet now I could find in my heart to plant it again, and give each of these bestial pagans one other dance round their idol.
At the last they gave it as their opinion that the ring was not to be broken by any bestial power.
A bestial roaring coming out of an upstairs win- dow would interrupt their talk.
How primitive and bestial it looks when you put it down in black and white
A horrid scream of bestial rage broke from the banth as he felt warm flesh beneath his powerful talons.
He stood head-on eyeing us as we approached him, for we had found it a waste of time to attempt to escape the perpetual bestial rage which seems to possess these demon creatures, who rove the dismal north attacking every living thing that comes within the scope of their far-seeing eyes.
In the midst of this Round Table of beggary, Clopin Trouillefou,--as the doge of this senate, as the king of this peerage, as the pope of this conclave,-- dominated; first by virtue of the height of his hogshead, and next by virtue of an indescribable, haughty, fierce, and formidable air, which caused his eyes to flash, and corrected in his savage profile the bestial type of the race of vagabonds.