Definition of bestial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛstɪəl/


1Of or like an animal or animals: Darwin’s revelations about our bestial beginnings
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  • The werewolf shows that either humans can temporarily lose conscience and become animal or that bestial wildness is part of conscience itself.
  • It is always convenient to regard foreign populations as inferior, more convenient still to regard them as animalistic, or bestial, especially when you have decided to enslave or eliminate them.
  • Some seventeenth-century theriophilists replied that bestial lack of reason was not a curse, while others denied that animals lack reason.
1.1Savagely cruel and depraved: bestial and barbaric acts
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  • Simultaneously marked by its bestial savagery and spiritual transcendence, the primitive other is made to coalesce the physical with the metaphysical.
  • The velocity and ferocity of some of the attack moves that zoom around the arena are truly bestial in their utter savagery.
  • No matter how cruel and bestial Caroline could be, he always found a better side of her to ponder upon.
savage, brutish, brutal, barbarous, barbaric, cruel, vicious, violent, inhuman, subhuman;
depraved, degenerate, unnatural, perverted, corrupt, immoral, amoral, warped, vile, gross, sordid;



Pronunciation: /ˈbɛstɪəlʌɪz/
(also bestialise) verb
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  • They have become bestialized, who do not see that all beauty, all human beauty, lies in this quality of mind.
  • It seems that 37 years as occupiers have bestialised our society and left it bereft even of common decency.
  • At a meeting of Britain's leading scientists, critics attack Darwin's theory for bestializing humankind.


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  • There's also some bestially played guitar and sawed-off fiddling ’, strangled cascades of notes that goes well with the loosely tethered drumming.
  • The serpent, the most subtle beast of the field… Who made it to be like that, a bestial part of the body able to understand bestially and desire bestially?
  • He saw the corpse and his eyes bulged horrifically before he crashed to his knees, sprawled out bestially on all fours and vomited all over the corpse.


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin bestialis, from Latin bestia 'beast'.

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