What does bestial mean?

Definitions for bestial
ˈbɛs tʃəl, ˈbis-bes·tial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beastly, bestial, brute(a), brutish, brutaladjective

    resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility

    "beastly desires"; "a bestial nature"; "brute force"; "a dull and brutish man"; "bestial treatment of prisoners"


  1. bestialadjective


  2. Etymology: bestialis, from bestia (whence English beast).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bestialadjective

    Etymology: from beast.

    His wild disorder’d walk, his haggard eyes,
    Did all the bestial citizens surprize. John Dryden, Hind and P.

    I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Moreover, urge his hateful luxury,
    And bestial appetite, in change of lust. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    For those, the race of Israel oft forsook
    Their living strength, and, unfrequented, left
    His righteous altar, bowing lowly down
    To bestial gods. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i. l. 435.

    The things promised are not gross and carnal, such as may court and gratify the most bestial part of us. Decay of Piety.


  1. bestial

    Bestial is a 1982 music album by the Spanish group Barrabás. It was the band's eighth and penultimate album, and the last to feature several members including long-time vocalist José Luís Tejada.


  1. bestial

    Bestial refers to something that is savagely cruel, depraved, or lacking human sensibility. It can also refer to something that is related to or resembling an animal or beast in terms of behavior such as being uncontrolled or violent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bestialadjective

    belonging to a beast, or to the class of beasts

  2. Bestialadjective

    having the qualities of a beast; brutal; below the dignity of reason or humanity; irrational; carnal; beastly; sensual

  3. Bestialnoun

    a domestic animal; also collectively, cattle; as, other kinds of bestial


  1. Bestial

    Bestial is a 1982 music album by the Spanish group Barrabás. It was the band's eighth and penultimate album, and the last to feature several members including long-time vocalist José Luís Tejada.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bestial

    best′i-al, adj. like a beast: rude: brutally sensual.—n. (Scot.) a collective name for cattle.—v.t. Best′ialise, to make like a beast.—ns. Best′ialism, irrationality; Bestial′ity, beastliness: disgusting vice. [L. bestialis. See Beast.]

Anagrams for bestial »

  1. ableist

  2. albites

  3. astilbe

  4. bastile

  5. stabile

  6. blastie

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bestial in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bestial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of bestial in a Sentence

  1. Emil Cioran:

    Much more than our other needs and endeavors, it is sexuality that puts us on an even footing with our kind: the more we practice it, the more we become like everyone else: it is in the performance of a reputedly bestial function that we prove our status as citizens: nothing is more public than the sexual act.

  2. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev:

    Their actions showed the presence of a clear plan of attacks on military, administrative and social facilities in almost all areas, coherent coordination of actions, high combat readiness and bestial cruelty, they need to be destroyed.

  3. Emil Cioran:

    Only one endowed with restless vitality is susceptible to pessimism. You become a pessimist --a demonic, elemental, bestial pessimist --only when life has been defeated many times in its fight against depression.

  4. Ahmed Korayem:

    It is simply bestial how people have an incessant need to own anything they can’t have and to destroy anything that they can’t comprehend

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