beast

[ beest ]
/ bist /

noun

any nonhuman animal, especially a large, four-footed mammal.
the crude animal nature common to humans and the lower animals: Hunger brought out the beast in him.
a cruel, coarse, filthy, or otherwise beastlike person.
a live creature, as distinguished from a plant: What manner of beast is this?
the beast, the Antichrist. Revelation 13:18.

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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 FROM beast

beastlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for beast

beast
/ (biːst) /

noun

any animal other than man, esp a large wild quadruped
savage nature or characteristicsthe beast in man
a brutal, uncivilized, or filthy person

verb

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

Word Origin for beast

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