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 The photo was altered by a Canadian illustrator, who goes by the screen name IronKite, to show a human skeleton over the beast’s remains along with an addition of a digging man, the National Geographic found. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Online post showing giant human skeletons is an old hoax," 9 Sep. 2020 Like the elusive man-beast, the police captain noted, Buddy has only been glimpsed. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "As the celebrity of Buddy the wayward beefalo grows, Plymouth police hope to lure the beast with love," 4 Sep. 2020 Netted and caged, the great beast dwindles to become a forlorn figure gaped at by crowds. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Under the Surface," 4 Sep. 2020 Billy responds by ramming the boat straight into the giant beast. Nick Schager, EW.com, "The Boys recap: Don’t forget your second wind," 4 Sep. 2020 Aldon Smith, who was such a beast rushing the passer. Dallas News, "Why Cris Collinsworth thinks the Cowboys will be the best team in the NFC this season," 3 Sep. 2020 A few years back, my son caught an absolute beast of a smallmouth that went well over 8 pounds, just a half-pound shy of the state record. Tony Hansen, Outdoor Life, "4 Tactics For Catching Late-Summer Smallmouth Bass," 1 Sep. 2020 Law and order are imperiled because there are few people left in the administration to restrain the beast. Jeremi Suri, Washington Post, "White House insiders’ failure to rein in Trump’s tilt toward chaos and lawlessness," 31 Aug. 2020 The beast stood immobile, glaring at us with yellow eyes in the winter dark and illuminated unevenly by Sergey’s light as our pace quickened. Jonathan Slaght, Popular Science, "The quest to snare—and save—the world’s largest owl," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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13 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Beast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beast. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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beast

noun
How to pronounce beast (audio)

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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