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creature

[kree-cher] /ˈkri tʃər/
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
1250-1300; Middle English creature < Late Latin creātūra act of creating. See create, -ure
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British Dictionary definitions for creatures

creature

/ˈkriːtʃə/
noun
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
Derived Forms
creatural, creaturely, adjective
creatureliness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Church Latin crēatūra, from Latin crēare to create
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Word Origin and History for creatures

creature

n.

late 13c., "anything created," also "living being," from Old French creature (Modern French créature), from Late Latin creatura "thing created," from creatus, past participle of Latin creare "create" (see create). Meaning "anything that ministers to man's comforts" (1610s), after I Tim. iv:4, led to jocular use for "whiskey" (1630s).

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creatures in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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