What does beast mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, faunanoun

    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

  2. beast, wolf, savage, brute, wildcatnoun

    a cruelly rapacious person


  1. beastnoun

    Any animal other than a human; usually only applied to land vertebrates. Especially large or dangerous four-footed ones

  2. beastnoun

    (more specific) a domestic animal, especially a bovine farm animal:

  3. beastnoun

    A person who behaves in a violent, antisocial or uncivilized manner.

  4. beastnoun

    A large and impressive automobile

  5. beastnoun

    A sex offender.

  6. beastverb

    to impose arduous exercises, either as training or as punishment.

  7. Beastnoun

    A figure in the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse), often identified with Satan or the Antichrist.

  8. Beastnoun

    A wild animal, or seemingly so, which roams free in a country it is usually only found in zoos. (For example The Beast of Bodmin Moor).

  9. Etymology: From beste (French: bête), from bestia; many cognates – see bestia#Descendants.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BEASTnoun

    Etymology: beste, Fr. bestia, Lat.

    The man that once did sell the lion’s skin,
    While the beast liv’d, was kill’d with hunting him. William Shakespeare.

    Beasts of chase are the buck, the doe, the fox, the martern, and the roe. Beasts of the forest are the hart, the hind, the hare, the boar, and the wolf. Beasts of warren are the hare and cony. John Cowell.

    I dare do all that may become a man;
    Who dares do more, is none. ————
    ———— What beast was’t then
    That made you break this enterprize to me? Macbeth.

    Medea’s charms were there, Circean feasts,
    With bowls that turn’d enamour’d youths to beasts. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beastnoun

    any living creature; an animal; -- including man, insects, etc

  2. Beastnoun

    any four-footed animal, that may be used for labor, food, or sport; as, a beast of burden

  3. Beastnoun

    as opposed to man: Any irrational animal

  4. Beastnoun

    fig.: A coarse, brutal, filthy, or degraded fellow

  5. Beastnoun

    a game at cards similar to loo

  6. Beastnoun

    a penalty at beast, omber, etc. Hence: To be beasted, to be beaten at beast, omber, etc


  1. Beast

    The Beast is a fictional character, a superhero who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a founding member of the mutant team of superheroes known as the X-Men. When he was first introduced, the Beast is a mutant who possesses ape-like superhuman physical strength and agility and oversized hands and feet, though he otherwise appears to be a normal human being. Throughout his history, the Beast undergoes progressive transformations to his physiognomy, permanently gaining increasingly animalistic physical characteristics. These include blue fur, feline facial features, pointed ears, fangs, and claws. His physical power increases to even greater levels, as do his senses. Despite his inhuman appearance, he is a brilliant man of the arts and sciences; he is a world authority on biochemistry and genetics, the X-Men's medical doctor, and the science and mathematics instructor at the Xavier Institute. He is also a mutant political activist. Fighting his bestial instincts and fears of social rejection, the Beast dedicates his physical and mental gifts to the creation of a better world for man and mutant. He also has a witty sense of humor.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beast

    bēst, n. an irrational animal, as opposed to man: a four-footed animal: a brutal person: the Beast, Antichrist in the Revelation—dim. Beast′ies.—n.pl. Beast′-fā′bles, stories in which animals play human parts—a widely-spread primitive form of literature, often surviving in more or less developed forms in the more advanced civilisations.—ns. Beast′hood; Beast′lihead (Spens.), the state or nature of a beast, beastliness; Beast′liness.—adj. Beast′ly, like a beast in actions or behaviour: coarse: obscene: (colloq.) vile, disagreeable. [O. Fr. beste (Fr. bête)—L. bestia.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beast' in Nouns Frequency: #2470

Anagrams for beast »

  1. abets

  2. baste

  3. bates

  4. Bates

  5. beats

  6. betas

  7. esbat

  8. tabes

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beast in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of beast in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    In Iowa it's a question of organization, in New Hampshire, it's retail politics. In South Carolina, a great organization matters. I'm making great progress in those states. And we have the best campaign in Nevada, so, look, in October, in November, even in December of the last two election cycles, the people that were winning in December weren't the ones that ended up winning. It's just the nature of the beast, and there's no reason to rewrite history. People make up their minds late.

  2. Mark Harris:

    If you reject Jesus and you go into the great tribulation that we're describing in Revelation 13, the Devil's not going to give you that choice, you're going to be forced to worship the anti-Christ. You're going to be forced to bow down to the image of the Beast. And you know as well as I do in some countries of the world this very morning under Islamic rule, men are given no choice, but God's given you a choice this very morning.

  3. Dan Stevens:

    Like all great Disney films and all great movie musicals, it's in glorious technicolor and it really embraces all colors of the rainbow, beauty and the Beast.

  4. Sean Bailey:

    When you're able to bring wonderful casts to some of these characters -- that haven't been realized in live action... you can sort of bring layers and texture, if you look at something like 'Beauty and the Beast,' well, why is Belle's father, Maurice, so protective? Why is she in the provincial town? You can expand the stories and enhance the stories.

  5. Niccollo Machavelli, The Prince.:

    So as a prince is forced to know how to act like a beast, he must learn from the fox and the lion; becouse the lion is defenceless against traps and the fox is defenceless against wolves. Therefore one must be a fox in order to recognise traps and lion to frighten off wolves.

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. render
    • B. abduct
    • C. loom
    • D. abash

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