Definition of beastly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbiːstli/

adjective (beastlier, beastliest)

1British informal Very unpleasant: this beastly war
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  • It's beastly, but it can be treated, especially if it's caught early.
  • I once had a tiresome interview with his wife about the beastly thing.
  • Leeds, however, was dismissed in a letter as ‘a beastly place’, and Harrogate was ‘the queerest place, with the strangest people in it’.
1.1Unkind; malicious: don’t be beastly to him
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  • And then I have great sympathy for him, as far as the press are concerned, because the press are pretty beastly to all the royal family these days.
  • Professor Hanson was being quite beastly to Jane when Dick's hand shot up amidst the sea of uniforms with a question.
  • While lecturing the men of Ireland in public about their mistreatment of women, they apparently had no problem being beastly to each other in the privacy of their home.
2 archaic Cruel and unrestrained: beastly immorality
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  • Machiavelli's celebrated advice is that he will come off best if he learns to imitate both the fox and the lion, supplementing the ideals of manly decency with the beastly arts of force and fraud.
  • But it was beastly, their violence and our fear of violence.


[as submodifier] British informal, dated
To an extreme and unpleasant degree: a beastly dull wedding party
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  • That was beastly uncomfortable, and made me even more glum.
  • That may be satisfactory to you but it is beastly monotonous here.
  • Napa cabernets and the so-called ‘cult’ cabs can be beastly expensive, but not necessarily better.



Pronunciation: /ˈbiːstlinəs/
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  • Honestly, is there no end to their beastliness?
  • If hunters are going to use beastliness to justify their bloodlust, they should also support going back to the good old days when we put pigs on trial for stepping on mice.
  • He needs Belle's help to tame his beastliness and show his sweet side.

Words that rhyme with beastly

Priestley, priestly

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