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bestial

[bes-chuh l, bees-] /ˈbɛs tʃəl, ˈbis-/
adjective
1.
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.
2.
without reason or intelligence; brutal; inhuman:
bestial treatment of prisoners.
3.
beastlike in gratifying one's sensual desires; carnal; debased.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin bēstiālis (Latin bēsti(a) beast + -ālis -al1)
Related forms
bestially, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for bestially

bestial

/ˈbɛstɪəl/
adjective
1.
brutal or savage
2.
sexually depraved; carnal
3.
lacking in refinement; brutish
4.
of or relating to a beast
Derived Forms
bestially, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin bestiālis, from Latin bestiabeast
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Word Origin and History for bestially

bestial

adj.

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.

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