[ bes-chuh l, bees- ]
/ ˈbɛs tʃəl, ˈbis- /


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.
without reason or intelligence; brutal; inhuman: bestial treatment of prisoners.
beastlike in gratifying one's sensual desires; carnal; debased.

Origin of bestial

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin bēstiālis (Latin bēsti(a) beast + -ālis -al1)

Related forms

bes·tial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bestially


/ (ˈbɛstɪəl) /


brutal or savage
sexually depraved; carnal
lacking in refinement; brutish
of or relating to a beast

Derived Forms

bestially, adverb

Word Origin for bestial

C14: from Late Latin bestiālis, from Latin bestia beast
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