creature

[kree-cher]
noun
1.
an animal, especially a nonhuman: the creatures of the woods and fields; a creature from outer space.
2.
anything created, whether animate or inanimate.
3.
person; human being: She is a charming creature. The driver of a bus is sometimes an irritable creature.
4.
an animate being.
5.
a person whose position or fortune is owed to someone or something and who continues under the control or influence of that person or thing: The cardinal was a creature of Louis XI.
6.
Scot. and Older U.S. Use. intoxicating liquor, especially whiskey (usually preceded by the ): He drinks a bit of the creature before bedtime.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English creature < Late Latin creātūra act of creating. See create, -ure

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creature (ˈkriːtʃə)
 
n
1.  a living being, esp an animal
2.  something that has been created, whether animate or inanimate: a creature of the imagination
3.  a human being; person: used as a term of scorn, pity, or endearment
4.  a person who is dependent upon another; tool or puppet
 
[C13: from Church Latin crēatūra, from Latin crēare to create]
 
'creatural
 
adj
 
'creaturely
 
adj
 
'creatureliness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

creature
late 13c., "anything created," also "living being," from L. creatura "thing created," from pp. stem of creare "create." Meaning "anything that ministers to man's comforts" (1610s), after I Tim. iv 4, led to jocular use for "whisky" (1630s).
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Creature definition


denotes the whole creation in Rom. 8:39; Col. 1:15; Rev. 5:13; the whole human race in Mark 16:15; Rom. 8:19-22. The living creatures in Ezek. 10:15, 17, are imaginary beings, symbols of the Divine attributes and operations.

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Example sentences
It's certainly not a kind or sweet thing to do to a creature.
The creature it belonged to ploughed against the current for a while, and then
  disappeared.
It's blue, comes from a creature more ancient than dinosaurs, and saves
  countless human lives.
After its wings harden, over the course of several hours to several days, the
  creature will become a remarkable aerialist.
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