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  • n. Plural form of beast.


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  • Pouring towards the boat, in a fever of excitement that rises higher every moment, the natural elements of hunger and constant struggle against the great river swell their fury; they bellow like wild beasts, _they are like beasts_, for they have known nothing but struggle all their lives; they have always, since they were tiny children, been fighting this roaring water monster -- they know none else.

    Across China on Foot

  • But, Mr. Morley, I did not say _wild_ beasts: I only said _beasts_.

    The Vicar's Daughter

  • V. iv.36 (332,6) [Here comes a pair of very strange beasts] [W: unclean beasts] _Strange beasts_ are only what we call _odd_ animals.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • Here are clean, fresh, English maids, for whom a higher standard of living than that of the beasts is absolutely necessary.


  • If there be horns (which denote the force and fury of beasts) against the church, there are carpenters (which denote the wisdom and forecast of men) for the church, by which they find ways to master the strongest beasts, for every kind of beasts is tamed, and has been tamed, of mankind, Jam. iii.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • A pair of beasts is what we were, penned together and showing our teeth.

    Chapter 9

  • So there is literary precedent for using beasts from the bovine family in such a manner …

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Gentlemen’s Club.

  • So-called “mirror mark tests”, where a mark is placed on the animal in such a way that it can only be observed when it looks at its reflection, have been used to sort the self-aware beasts from the rest.

    Mirror test shows magpies aren’t so bird-brained « Isegoria

  • Startling evidence has been found which shows mammoth and other great beasts from the last ice age were blasted with material that came from space.

    NASA Watch: December 2007 Archives

  • In that sense, all sentient beings should be conferred rights by ethical beings (in plain English, beasts should have their rights acknowledged by folks) but non-ethical beings (non-human animals) have no place in such a "rights giving scenario", because they are not responsible for their actions.

    The Rights Of Animals


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