beast

noun
\ 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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According to reports, this beast will be capable of delivering 70 tons to low Earth orbit and will serve as the foundation for a deep-space exploration program. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX gets top clearance, Europe job cuts, Russian plans," 16 Nov. 2018 The beasts in Last Words from Montmartre are more human-like. Ankita Chakraborty, Longreads, "A Crocodile In Paris: The Queer Classics of Qiu Miaojin," 8 June 2018 The 840-horsepower beast was part of a limited run. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Last 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon rolls off line in Ontario," 30 May 2018 One thing is more certain though: the beast is getting closer to flight. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Stratolaunch Plans First Flight of Its Giant Plane for This Summer," 16 Apr. 2018 The beasts of patriarchy and misogyny were deeply entrenched cultural practices and norms within all the races in South Africa; Black, white, Indian, and colored (mixed race). Farai Gundan, CNN, "Opinion: Why Winnie Mandela must be celebrated as an African feminist icon," 12 Apr. 2018 Although there are superficial similarities, the prototype controller is a very different beast to what was eventually released alongside the Wii. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Early WiiMote prototype emerges with wires that let it plug into a GameCube," 29 Oct. 2018 But the type of fatigue associated with conditions like lupus, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome is an entirely different beast. Caitlin Flynn, Allure, "7 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone With a Chronic or Invisible Illness," 16 Oct. 2018 Made of resin and brass and balanced on curlicue legs, the beast is part of a 65-piece home collection. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Maison & Objet 2019: Best in Show From the Paris Design Fair," 25 Jan. 2019

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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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beast

noun

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

beast

noun
\ 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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