from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Beastly.
- adj. Marked by brutality or depravity.
- adj. Lacking in intelligence or reason; subhuman.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Beast-like
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging to a beast, or to the class of beasts.
- adj. Having the qualities of a beast; brutal; below the dignity of reason or humanity; irrational; carnal; beastly; sensual.
- n. A domestic animal; also collectively, cattle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to a beast or to the class of beasts; animal.
- Having the qualities of a beast; brutal; below the dignity of reason or humanity; carnal: as, a bestial appetite.
- n. In Scots law, the cattle on a farm taken collectively.
- n. A work on zoölogy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin bēstiālis, from Latin bēstia, beast.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin bēstiālis, from bēstia ("beast") (whence English beast). (Wiktionary)