noun, plural bes·ti·al·i·ties.
brutish or beastly character or behavior; beastliness.
indulgence in beastlike appetites, instincts, impulses, etc.
an instance of bestial character or behavior.
sexual relations between a person and an animal; sodomy.
Origin of bestiality
1350–1400; Middle English bestial(i)te
(< Anglo-French, Middle French
) < Medieval Latin bēstiālitās.
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Historical Examples of bestiality
Bestiality of life was once common enough to attract no attention.
Bestiality; fifteen years penal servitude; conspiracy by servant girl, he says.
They are as deep as Bestiality, cunning and strong, cowering in the shadow of the sacred wood.
Bestiality is not rare in women who are also subject to this filthy, obnoxious and degenerative practice.
British Dictionary definitions for bestiality
noun plural -ties
bestial behaviour, character, or action
sexual activity between a person and an animal
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Word Origin and History for bestiality
late 14c., "the nature of beasts," from bestial + -ity. Meaning "indulgence in beastly instincts" is from 1650s; sense of "sexual activity with a beast" is from 1611 (KJV).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The quality or condition of being an animal or like an animal.
Conduct or an action marked by depravity or brutality.
Sexual relations between a human and an animal.
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