Definition of bestial
1a : of or relating to beasts grotesque combinations of human and bestial formsb : resembling a beast a bestial shape
2a : lacking intelligence or reason … the bestial man has no sense of right and wrong … — J. E. Hankinsb : marked by base (see 3base 7a) or inhuman instincts or desires : brutal bestial violence … a scene of bestial intoxication … — Herman Melville
bestializeplay \-chə-ˌlīz\ transitive verb
bestiallyplay \-chə-lē\ adverb
Origin and Etymology of bestial
Middle English, from Medieval French, from Latin bestialis, from bestia beast
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of bestial
BESTIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bestial for English Language Learners
: resembling or suggesting an animal or beast : very cruel, violent, etc.
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