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beast

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noun \ˈbēst\

Simple Definition of beast

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of beast

  1. 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. 2 :  a contemptible person

  3. 3 :  something formidably difficult to control or deal with

Examples of beast in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of beast

Middle English beste, from Anglo-French, from Latin bestia


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Zoology Terms

Rhymes with beast



BEAST Defined for Kids

beast

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noun \ˈbēst\

Definition of beast for Students

  1. 1 :  a mammal with four feet (as a bear or deer) especially as distinguished from human beings <beasts of the forest>

  2. 2 :  a wild animal that is large, dangerous, or unusual

  3. 3 :  a farm animal especially when kept for work <beasts of burden>

  4. 4 :  a horrid person





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