bestial signifies amongst Scottish agriculturists cattle generally, the whole aggregate number of beasts on the farm.
Best′ialism, irrationality; bestial′ity, beastliness: disgusting vice.
bestial, best′i-al, adj. like a beast: rude: brutally sensual.
bestial, in modern usage, implies an intensified and degrading animalism.
bestial in the uncertain light Hanuman leered with his carven mask.
late 14c., from Old French bestial (13c.) "relating to animals, stupid, foolish, bestial" and directly from Latin bestialis "like a beast," from bestia (see beast). Sense of "below the dignity of a human" is from c.1400, and in many cases its use is unjust to the beasts.