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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 ?
"Perhaps there are wild beasts in the forest now," said Dorothy.
It seemed incredible that a human being could best the king of beasts in personal encounter and yet before her very eyes there was taking place just such an improbability.
A great conflict was about to come off between the Birds and the Beasts. When the two armies were collected together the Bat hesitated which to join.
After a long battle they managed to overcome the wild beasts, but the greater number of the men were killed.
We are not ravenous beasts, eating of each other, but Christian men, receiving thankfully that which the Lord hath seen fit to give."
It was not that he was more cruel or more savage than they that they hated him, for though he was both cruel and savage as were the beasts, his fellows, yet too was he often tender, which they never were.
Paulvitch had taken to the jungle when he had seen the beasts of Tarzan and their savage lord swarm the deck of the Kincaid, and in his terror lest Tarzan pursue and capture him he had stumbled on deep into the jungle, only to fall at last into the hands of one of the savage cannibal tribes that had felt the weight of Rokoff's evil temper and cruel brutality.
He owned a voice as soothing as the wash of the sea, and stores of experiences as vast as the sea itself; for his business in life was to wander up and down the world, collecting orchids and wild beasts and ethnological specimens for German and American dealers.
To die here alone, beneath the fangs of wild beasts; to be torn and rended; to feel the hot breath of the brute on his face as the great paw crushed down up his breast!
I was abreast him in a moment and, passing him, walked straight toward the two beasts. As I did so the female crouched with bared fangs.
After the fourth effort it appeared to dawn upon the king of beasts that he had met his master, his head and tail dropped and when Tarzan advanced upon him he backed away, though still growling.
The roaring of the beasts that had discovered us, together with the report of my rifle, had set the balance of the fierce inmates of the palace into the most frightful uproar I have ever heard.