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beast

[beest] /bist/
noun
1.
any nonhuman animal, especially a large, four-footed mammal.
2.
the crude animal nature common to humans and the lower animals:
Hunger brought out the beast in him.
3.
a cruel, coarse, filthy, or otherwise beastlike person.
4.
a live creature, as distinguished from a plant:
What manner of beast is this?
5.
the beast, the Antichrist. Rev. 13:18.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English be(e)ste < Old French beste (French bête) < Latin bēstia
Related forms
beastlike, adjective
Synonyms
1. See animal. 3. cad, swine, pig, brute, savage, ogre, monster, barbarian.
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British Dictionary definitions for more beastlike

beast

/biːst/
noun
1.
any animal other than man, esp a large wild quadruped
2.
savage nature or characteristics: the beast in man
3.
a brutal, uncivilized, or filthy person
verb
4.
(transitive) (military slang, slang, mainly Brit) to punish or torture (someone) in a manner that involves excessive physical exercise
Word Origin
C13: from Old French beste, from Latin bestia, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for more beastlike

beast

n.

c.1200, from Old French beste "animal, wild beast," figuratively "fool, idiot" (11c., Modern French bête), from Vulgar Latin *besta, from Latin bestia "beast, wild animal," of unknown origin. Used to translate Latin animal. Replaced Old English deor (see deer) as the generic word for "wild creature," only to be ousted 16c. by animal. Of persons felt to be animal-like in various senses from early 13c. Of the figure in the Christian apocalypse story from late 14c.

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Slang definitions & phrases for more beastlike

beast

noun
  1. A cheap prostitute (esp WWII Armed forces)
  2. (also beastie, beasty) An especially unattractive woman (1940s+ Teenagers)
  3. Any woman whatever, but esp a young, attractive one (1960s+ Jazz musicians)
  4. A crude or sexually aggressive male; animal
  5. Anything regarded as difficult and misbegotten: But that is part of the beast that was created (1860s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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more beastlike in the Bible

This word is used of flocks or herds of grazing animals (Ex. 22:5; Num. 20:4, 8, 11; Ps. 78:48); of beasts of burden (Gen. 45:17); of eatable beasts (Prov. 9:2); and of swift beasts or dromedaries (Isa. 60:6). In the New Testament it is used of a domestic animal as property (Rev. 18:13); as used for food (1 Cor. 15:39), for service (Luke 10:34; Acts 23:24), and for sacrifice (Acts 7:42). When used in contradistinction to man (Ps. 36:6), it denotes a brute creature generally, and when in contradistinction to creeping things (Lev. 11:2-7; 27:26), a four-footed animal. The Mosaic law required that beasts of labour should have rest on the Sabbath (Ex. 20:10; 23:12), and in the Sabbatical year all cattle were allowed to roam about freely, and eat whatever grew in the fields (Ex. 23:11; Lev. 25:7). No animal could be castrated (Lev. 22:24). Animals of different kinds were to be always kept separate (Lev. 19:19; Deut. 22:10). Oxen when used in threshing were not to be prevented from eating what was within their reach (Deut. 25:4; 1 Cor.9:9). This word is used figuratively of an infuriated multitude (1 Cor. 15:32; Acts 19:29; comp. Ps. 22:12, 16; Eccl. 3:18; Isa. 11:6-8), and of wicked men (2 Pet. 2:12). The four beasts of Daniel 7:3, 17, 23 represent four kingdoms or kings.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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