\ 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 But connection is a fickle beast, full of paradoxes. Kristen Sieffert, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 But, Khan argued, the big tech monopolies of today are an entirely different beast, more similar to the railroad barons of the late 1800s that led to the pivotal Interstate Commerce Act of 1887. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 30 June 2021 Their lack of depth could very well come back to haunt them here because Phoenix is a whole different beast than Portland, especially defensively. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2021 The hollowed trunk of a monstrous maple tree perches on angular timbers, like an ancient, crippled beast on crutches., 13 May 2021 The Super Bee is a pavement-shredding beast of a car thanks to a 440-cubic-inch Dodge engine that produced 512 horsepower on a dynamometer. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 When times are tough and the dogs start howling, a manager’s job is to maintain the proper perspective and prod the beast of negativity back into its cage., 5 Aug. 2021 The Lamborghini 63 is a true beast of a motoryacht. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 21 July 2021 Yet Columbia threw Billy Ray Cyrus on a remix and poured gas all over the song, fanning it into a global beast of a hit. Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone, 15 June 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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“Beast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beast

: 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


\ 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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