[ bes-chee-al-i-tee, bees- ]
/ ˌbɛs tʃiˈæl ɪ ti, ˌbis- /

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.



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Origin of bestiality

1350–1400; Middle English bestial(i)te (<Anglo-French, Middle French ) <Medieval Latin bēstiālitās.See bestial, -ity

Words nearby bestiality Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for bestiality

  • They are as deep as Bestiality, cunning and strong, cowering in the shadow of the sacred wood.

    King of Camargue|Jean Aicard
  • Bestiality; fifteen years penal servitude; conspiracy by servant girl, he says.

    The Criminal|Havelock Ellis
  • Bestiality of life was once common enough to attract no attention.

    The Meaning of Evolution|Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Bestiality is not rare in women who are also subject to this filthy, obnoxious and degenerative practice.

    The Sexual Question|August Forel

British Dictionary definitions for bestiality

/ (ˌbɛstɪˈælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

bestial behaviour, character, or action
sexual activity between a person and an animal
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Medical definitions for bestiality

[ bĕs′chē-ălĭ-tē, bēs′- ]


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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