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crea·ture

 (krē′chər)
n.
1.
a. A living being, especially an animal: land creatures; microscopic creatures in a drop of water.
b. A human.
c. An imaginary or fantastical being: mythological creatures; a creature from outer space.
2. One dependent on or subservient to another.
3. Something created.

crea′tur·al adj.
crea′ture·li·ness n.
crea′ture·ly adj.

creature

(ˈkriːtʃə)
n
1. a living being, esp an animal
2. something that has been created, whether animate or inanimate: a creature of the imagination.
3. a human being; person: used as a term of scorn, pity, or endearment
4. a person who is dependent upon another; tool or puppet
[C13: from Church Latin crēatūra, from Latin crēare to create]
ˈcreatural, ˈcreaturely adj
ˈcreatureliness n

crea•ture

(ˈkri tʃər)

n.
1. an animal, esp. a nonhuman.
2. any unspecific being: creatures of the imagination.
3. person; human being: a lovely creature.
4. a person under the control or influence of another.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Late Latin creātūra act of creating. See create, -ure]
crea′tur•al, crea′ture•ly, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.creature - a living organism characterized by voluntary movementcreature - 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.creature - a human being; `wight' is an archaic term
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
3.creature - a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone elsecreature - a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
slave - a person who is owned by someone

creature

noun
1. living thing, being, animal, beast, brute, critter (U.S. dialect), quadruped, dumb animal, lower animal Many cultures believe that every living creature possesses a spirit.
2. person, man, woman, individual, character, fellow, soul, human being, mortal, body, wight (archaic) He is one of the most amiable creatures in existence.
3. minion, tool, instrument (informal), puppet, cohort (chiefly U.S.), dependant, retainer, hanger-on, lackey, hireling We are not merely creatures of our employers.

creature

noun
A member of the human race:
Translations
شَخْصمَخْلـوقمَخْلُوق
stvořenítvor
skabningvæsen
olentoolio
stvor
teremtmény
grey, ræfilstuskaskepna
生き物
피조물
gyvisžmogelisžmogysta
dzīva būtneradībaradījums
bitje
varelse
สิ่งมีชีวิต
yaratıkzavallıcıkvarlık
sinh vật

creature

[ˈkriːtʃəʳ]
A. N
1. (gen) → criatura f; (= animal) → animal m; (= insect etc) → bicho m
2. (= person) pay no attention to that creatureno hagas caso de esa individua
poor creature!¡pobrecito!
wretched creature!¡desgraciado!
creature of habitesclavo/a m/f de la costumbre
3. (pej) (= dependent person) → títere m
B. CPD creature comforts NPLcomodidades fpl (materiales)

creature

[ˈkriːtʃər] n
(= living thing) → créature f
(= person) → créature fcreature comforts [ˌkriːtʃərˈkʌmfərts] nplconfort m matériel

creature

n
Geschöpf nt, → (Lebe)wesen nt, → Kreatur f; what a beautiful creature!welch ein herrliches Geschöpf!; all dumb creaturesdie stumme Kreatur; she’s a funny creaturesie ist ein komisches Geschöpf; there wasn’t a creature in sightnirgends regte sich etwas, kein Lebewesen war zu sehen
(= subordinate person)Geschöpf nt

creature

[ˈkriːtʃəʳ] n (gen) → creatura
the creatures of the deep (liter) → le creature degli abissi
a creature from outer space → un extraterrestre
the poor creature had no home → il poverino era senza casa
a creature of habit → una persona abitudinaria

creature

(ˈkriːtʃə) noun
1. an animal or human being. all God's creatures.
2. a term of contempt or pity. The poor creature could hardly stand.

creature

مَخْلُوق tvor skabning Geschöpf πλάσμα criatura olento créature stvor creatura 生き物 피조물 wezen skapning stworzenie criatura животное varelse สิ่งมีชีวิต yaratık sinh vật 动物
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IF YOU HAVE lived in cities and have walked in the park on a summer afternoon, you have perhaps seen, blinking in a corner of his iron cage, a huge, grotesque kind of monkey, a creature with ugly, sag- ging, hairless skin below his eyes and a bright pur- ple underbody.
He caught up his camera tripod which was near his cot, and made a swing with it at the creature that had flown into the tent through an opening it had made for itself.
What were we to do with the frail little creature we had lured back to life by false pretences?
She has spoiled him into the worthless creature he is.
After all, why should she add to her other real disappointments by taking this absurd creature seriously?
The vulgar creature was determined to see for herself what sort of a figure a mildewed piece of aristocracy, after wasting all the bloom and much of the decline of her life apart from the world, would cut behind a counter.
Brom Bones, however, was the hero of the scene, having come to the gathering on his favorite steed Daredevil, a creature, like himself, full of mettle and mischief, and which no one but himself could manage.
Grose appeared to me on the spot a creature so charming as to make it a great fortune to have to do with her.
That same infinitely thin, isinglass substance, which, I admit, invests the entire body of the whale, is not so much to be regarded as the skin of the creature, as the skin of the skin, so to speak; for it were simply ridiculous to say, that the proper skin of the tremendous whale is thinner and more tender than the skin of a new-born child.
Our master and mistress were respected and beloved by all who knew them; they were good and kind to everybody and everything; not only men and women, but horses and donkeys, dogs and cats, cattle and birds; there was no oppressed or ill-used creature that had not a friend in them, and their servants took the same tone.
The parents were very devoted to the little creature, and nursed and tended it carefully.