\ ˈbēst How to pronounce beast (audio) \

Definition of beast

1a : 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 in a Sentence

dogs and other four-footed beasts the birds and beasts of the forest They were attacked by a savage beast. He's a cruel, hateful beast!
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Recent Examples on the Web In some moments, Homotherium was a beast of terrible power and grace, able to fell young mammoths and cut off parts to carry off. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2021 That said, man and beast have formed an enduring bond. Mike Klingaman,, 18 May 2021 The San Felice Circeo area now represents one of the most important finds in the study of the ancient humans and the cave offers something of a time capsule that includes clues to the history of both man and beast. Barbie Latza Nadeau, CNN, 11 May 2021 This 1,200-amp beast is ideal for camping and RVers. The Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2021 At 6,604 square feet, this 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom home is a beast of a mountain lodge located within walking distance of Heavenly’s California lodge. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 May 2021 Jones’s original Boss 302 was a beast, but this street-legal version is even more powerful. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 5 May 2021 From a performance perspective, V1 looks to be a beast, with a 1.8X uplift in vector workload performance, a 4X uplift in machine learning (ML) performance and a 2X increase in floating-point performance. Matt Kimball, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 The Lions used the 10th overall pick in 2005 to select USC’s Mike Williams, who was a beast of a receiver in college but struggled to keep his weight down in the NFL and never lived up to his potential. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of beast

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for beast

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

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The first known use of beast was in the 13th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Beast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beast

old-fashioned : an animal especially : a wild animal that is large, dangerous, or unusual
old-fashioned : an unkind or cruel person
informal : a person or thing of a particular kind


\ ˈbēst How to pronounce beast (audio) \

Kids Definition of beast

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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