[ bes-chuhl, bees- ]
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  1. 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.

  2. without reason or intelligence; brutal; inhuman: bestial treatment of prisoners.

  1. beastlike in gratifying one's sensual desires; carnal; debased.

Origin of bestial

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, either from Anglo-French or directly from 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


/ (ˈbɛstɪəl) /

  1. brutal or savage

  2. sexually depraved; carnal

  1. lacking in refinement; brutish

  2. of or relating to a beast

Origin of bestial

C14: from Late Latin bestiālis, from Latin bestia beast

Derived forms of bestial

  • bestially, adverb

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