Definition of bestiality in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbesCHēˈalədē/
Pronunciation: /ˌbisCHēˈalədē/


1Savagely cruel or depraved behavior: there seems no end to the bestiality of human beings
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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.


Late Middle English: from Old French bestialite, from bestial (see bestial).

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Syllabification: bes·ti·al·i·ty

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