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[bes-chee-al-i-tee, bees-] /ˌbɛs tʃiˈæl ɪ ti, ˌbis-/
noun, plural bestialities.
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.
Origin of bestiality
1350-1400; Middle English bestial(i)te (< Anglo-French, Middle French) < Medieval Latin bēstiālitās. See bestial, -ity Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • They are as deep as bestiality, cunning and strong, cowering in the shadow of the sacred wood.

    King of Camargue Jean Aicard
  • bestiality of life was once common enough to attract no attention.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • bestiality; fifteen years penal servitude; conspiracy by servant girl, he says.

    The Criminal Havelock Ellis
  • 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


noun (pl) -ties
bestial behaviour, character, or action
sexual activity between a person and an animal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bestiality

late 14c., "the nature of beasts," from bestial + -ity. Meaning "indulgence in beastly instincts" is from 1650s; sense of "sexual activity with a beast" is from 1611 (KJV).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bestiality in Medicine

bestiality bes·ti·al·i·ty (běs'chē-āl'ĭ-tē, bēs'-)

  1. The quality or condition of being an animal or like an animal.

  2. Conduct or an action marked by depravity or brutality.

  3. Sexual relations between a human and an animal.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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