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bestial

[ bes-chuhl, bees- ]
/ ˈbɛs tʃəl, ˈbis- /
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adjective

of, relating to, or having the form of a beast: the belief that a person could assume bestial form after death; the bestial signs of the zodiac.
without reason or intelligence; brutal; inhuman: bestial treatment of prisoners.
beastlike in gratifying one's sensual desires; carnal; debased.

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Origin of bestial

1350–1400; Middle English (<Anglo-French ) <Late Latin bēstiālis (Latin bēsti(a) beast + -ālis-al1)

OTHER WORDS FROM bestial

bes·tial·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for bestial

bestial
/ (ˈbɛstɪəl) /

adjective

brutal or savage
sexually depraved; carnal
lacking in refinement; brutish
of or relating to a beast

Derived forms of bestial

bestially, adverb

Word Origin for bestial

C14: from Late Latin bestiālis, from Latin bestia beast
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