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adjective, beast·li·er, beast·li·est.
  1. of or like a beast; bestial.
  2. Informal. nasty; unpleasant; disagreeable.
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  1. Chiefly British Informal. very; exceedingly: It's beastly cold out.
  2. British Informal. disagreeably; outrageously: beastly rude.
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Origin of beastly

1175–1225; Middle English beasteliche, later be(e)stly. See beast, -ly
Related formsbeast·li·ness, noun


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Examples from the Web for beastliness

Historical Examples

  • It was due to their low wages and to the beastliness of their employers.

    G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study

    Julius West

  • He doesnt like the beastliness out there for its own sake, any more than Marmaduke will.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • I won't be eaten up by bugs and all kinds of beastliness, for any one.

  • Even her beastliness sank out of sight beside that treachery.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • For beastliness is not a character of beasts; it is the arrest of man.

    Demonology and Devil-lore

    Moncure Daniel Conway

British Dictionary definitions for beastliness


adjective -lier or -liest
  1. informal unpleasant; disagreeable; nastybeastly weather
  2. obsolete of or like a beast; bestial
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  1. informal (intensifier)the weather is so beastly hot
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Derived Formsbeastliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beastliness



c.1200, "brutish, sensual, debased;" late 14c., "in the manner of a beast," from beast + -ly (1). Weakened in British upper crust use to "awfully, exceedingly" by mid-19c. Beastly drunk is from 1803.

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