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


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