beasthood

beasthood

(ˈbiːsthʊd)
n
the state of beasts, the condition of being a beast
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Others have to earn their beasthood with some combination of experience, intellect, independence and character.
There is no way for him to circumvent the idea that his men have reverted to beasthood, and were beasts all along; he, and everything he represents, can only stand at the periphery and watch this "wave" of brutal fact welling up from the center.
But Winston, doggedly following the trail from beasthood to humanity down the millennia, assured us that large conks (not his word, to be fair) and a talent for sweatiness were just the job to give homo ergaster an edge over lesser creatures.