adjective bes·tial \ˈbes-chəl, ˈbesh-, ˈbēs-, ˈbēsh-\

: resembling or suggesting an animal or beast : very cruel, violent, etc.

Full Definition of BESTIAL

a :  of or relating to beasts
b :  resembling a beast
a :  lacking intelligence or reason
b :  marked by base or inhuman instincts or desires :  brutal
bes·tial·ize \-chə-ˌlīz\ transitive verb
bes·tial·ly \-chə-lē\ adverb

Examples of BESTIAL

  1. <investigators were appalled by the degree of bestial debauchery depicted in the pornographic materials>

Origin of BESTIAL

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin bestialis, from bestia beast
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of BESTIAL

brutal, brutish, bestial, feral mean characteristic of an animal in nature, action, or instinct. brutal applies to people, their acts, or their words and suggests a lack of intelligence, feeling, or humanity <a senseless and brutal war>. brutish stresses likeness to an animal in low intelligence, in base appetites, and in behavior based on instinct <brutish stupidity>. bestial suggests a state of degradation unworthy of humans and fit only for beasts <bestial depravity>. feral suggests the savagery or ferocity of wild animals <the struggle to survive unleashed their feral impulses>.


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