Origin of bestial
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Bestial, in modern usage, implies an intensified and degrading animalism.English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald
Best′ialism, irrationality; Bestial′ity, beastliness: disgusting vice.
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 the uncertain light Hanuman leered with his carven mask.Shadows in Zamboula|Robert E. Howard
Bestial, best′i-al, adj. like a beast: rude: brutally sensual.
British Dictionary definitions for bestial
Word Origin for bestial
Word Origin and History 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.