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beast

noun \ˈbēst\

: an animal; especially : a wild animal that is large, dangerous, or unusual

: an unkind or cruel person

: a person or thing of a particular kind

Full Definition of BEAST

1
a :  a four-footed mammal as distinguished from a human being, a lower vertebrate, and an invertebrate
b :  a lower animal as distinguished from a human being
c :  an animal as distinguished from a plant
d :  an animal under human control
2
:  a contemptible person
3
:  something formidably difficult to control or deal with
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Examples of BEAST

  1. dogs and other four-footed beasts
  2. the birds and beasts of the forest
  3. They were attacked by a savage beast.
  4. He's a cruel, hateful beast!

Origin of BEAST

Middle English beste, from Anglo-French, from Latin bestia
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Zoology Terms

altruism, integument

Rhymes with BEAST

BEAST Defined for Kids

beast

noun \ˈbēst\

Definition of BEAST for Kids

1
:  a mammal with four feet (as a bear or deer) especially as distinguished from human beings <beasts of the forest>
2
:  a wild animal that is large, dangerous, or unusual
3
:  a farm animal especially when kept for work <beasts of burden>
4
:  a horrid person
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