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Origin of bestial
Examples from the Web for bestial
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.
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.