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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Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma! is another beast entirely, using a grab bag of experimental theater tropes (and terrific new country-western orchestrations) to find the dark heart beneath this sunny American classic. Adam Green, Vogue, "Takeaways From the 2019 Tony Nominations: Downtown Comes to Broadway," 30 Apr. 2019 Among the civic emotions, outrage is a beast of the prime; to harness outrage is to discover fire. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "America Is Addicted to Outrage. Is There a Cure?," 30 Nov. 2018 Some of them can go very fast—the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, BMW 640i GT, and the Maserati Levante come to mind—but the McLaren 570S Spider is quite a different beast. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Nine things I learned from driving a supercar for three days," 9 Nov. 2018 Since the early 1980s, the company has used its marketing to challenge the status quo — to say to be a beast on the basketball court, not a role model for anyone’s kids. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Nike has made billions selling rebellion to young people," 6 Sep. 2018 The students morphed the idea for creating a beast on the island into creating a bully at school. Julie Gallant, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Students take initiative to perform "Stop Bullying" play," 25 May 2018 NickiDay — Ray -- (@_BluRay__) April 12, 2018 yoooo, Nicki went beast on BARBIE TINGZ ------ beat crazy. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Nicki Minaj's 'Chun-Li' & 'Barbie Tingz' Arrive: Read the Excited Fan Reactions," 12 Apr. 2018 Mississippi State’s 6-foot-7 center is a beast on the low block and a big problem in the paint. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Mississippi State's McCowan, who is 'just taller and stronger,' poses a problem for Louisville," 29 Mar. 2018 In an effort to capture its scale, four researchers hold the brawny beast up for the camera: Snakes thrive in the humid swamplands south of Miami, with 100,000 pythons alone crawling throughout the the 729,000-acre park, according to CNN. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Capture the Biggest Snake Ever Found in the Florida Everglades," 8 Apr. 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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