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  1. any nonhuman animal, especially a large, four-footed mammal.

  2. the crude animal nature common to humans and the lower animals: Hunger brought out the beast in him.

  1. a cruel, coarse, filthy, or otherwise beastlike person.

  2. a live creature, as distinguished from a plant: What manner of beast is this?

  3. the beast, the Antichrist. Revelation 13:18.

Origin of beast

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English be(e)ste, from Old French beste (French bête ), from Latin bēstia

synonym study For beast

1. See animal.

Other words for beast

Other words from beast

  • beastlike, adjective

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How to use beast in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for beast


/ (biːst) /

  1. any animal other than man, esp a large wild quadruped

  2. savage nature or characteristics: the beast in man

  1. a brutal, uncivilized, or filthy person

  1. (tr) military slang, slang, mainly British to punish or torture (someone) in a manner that involves excessive physical exercise

Origin of beast

C13: from Old French beste, from Latin bestia, of obscure origin

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