beast

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noun \ ˈbēst \

Definition of beast

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 :a contemptible person
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!

Recent Examples of beast from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of beast

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

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BEAST Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of beast for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BEAST Defined for Kids

beast

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noun \ ˈbēst \

Definition of beast for Students

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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