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bestiality

Line breaks: bes¦ti|al¦ity
Pronunciation: /bɛstɪˈalɪti
 
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Definition of bestiality in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Savagely cruel or depraved behaviour: there seems no end to the bestiality of men
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  • That nation was a leader in science, art, education, literature, philosophy, music - but none of this cultural superiority was a guarantee against the cruelty and bestiality that marked its behavior.
  • What seems to me more important than the ‘Oh ugh’ factor is just how easy it is for standards of law and behavior of slip into bestiality.
  • Forgetting all the principles for which they were fighting in their endless war against their enemy, they have become savage barbarians teetering on the very edge of bestiality.
2Sexual intercourse between a person and an animal.

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