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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Recent Examples on the Web

But movies are a different beast, with strengths and weaknesses often antithetical to literature. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "When movies take a novel approach," 15 Aug. 2019 However, fantasy football is an entirely different beast. Dr. Roto, SI.com, "Fantasy Football: Big-Name Veterans No Longer Worth Drafting," 14 Aug. 2019 Its feeding habits are a major contributor to climate change, that great existential threat to man and beast alike. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "This Land Is Their Land, Too," 12 Aug. 2019 Closer inspection reveals that, like the rhinoceros case of mistaken identity, this carved tusk actually came from a wholly different beast. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Unicorns are just one of the wild rides in the Getty’s marvelous ‘Book of Beasts’," 23 July 2019 But California is a different beast from much of the West and requires its own analysis. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Warming climate likely leading to larger California fires," 18 July 2019 Creating a space of this type is an entirely different beast. Misty Bell Stiers, Quartz at Work, "Pride month is over. The need for safe spaces at work is not," 13 July 2019 The book is not the first of Kerr’s to consider the essential failure of communication between man and beast. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Mog the Cat and the Mysteries of Animal Subjectivity," 20 June 2019 As recently as a decade ago, man and beast coexisted peaceably. Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ, "Cold, Windy Bliss on a Salmon Fishing Trip," 9 Aug. 2018

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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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