- 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.
Origin of bestial
Related Words for bestialbarbarous, beastly, boorish, cruel, depraved, feral, inhuman, savage, brutish
Examples from the Web for bestial
Historical Examples of bestial
Bestial, best′i-al, adj. like a beast: rude: brutally sensual.
Best′ialism, irrationality; Bestial′ity, beastliness: disgusting vice.
Bestial in the uncertain light Hanuman leered with his carven mask.Shadows in Zamboula
Robert E. Howard
Bestial signifies amongst Scottish agriculturists cattle generally, the whole aggregate number of beasts on the farm.Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character
Edward Bannerman Ramsay
Bestial, in modern usage, implies an intensified and degrading animalism.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
- brutal or savage
- sexually depraved; carnal
- lacking in refinement; brutish
- of or relating to a beast
Word Origin for bestial
late 14c., from Old French bestial (13c.) "relating to animals, stupid, foolish, bestial" and directly from Latin bestialis "like a beast," from bestia (see beast). Sense of "below the dignity of a human" is from c.1400, and in many cases its use is unjust to the beasts.