bestiality

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noun bes·ti·al·i·ty \ˌbes-chē-ˈa-lə-tē, ˌbesh-, ˌbēs-, ˌbēsh-\

Definition of bestiality

plural

bestialities

  1. 1 :  the condition or status of a lower (see 3lower 3) animal < … the difference between bestiality and humanity … — John Dewey>

  2. 2 :  display or gratification of bestial traits or impulses <the bestiality and degradation that war brings — Drew Middleton>

  3. 3 :  sexual relations between a human being and a lower animal

Examples of bestiality in a sentence

  1. I was shocked by the bestiality of their behavior.

  2. <by the end of hostilities the populace had been reduced to a level of bestiality that would have been unthinkable before the war>

Origin and Etymology of bestiality

see bestial


First Known Use: 14th century


BESTIALITY Defined for English Language Learners

bestiality

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noun bes·ti·al·i·ty \ˌbes-chē-ˈa-lə-tē, ˌbesh-, ˌbēs-, ˌbēsh-\

Definition of bestiality for English Language Learners

  • : sex between a person and an animal

  • : a cruel and violent quality : a bestial quality


Medical Dictionary

bestiality

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noun bes·ti·al·i·ty \ˌbes-chē-ˈal-ət-ē, ˌbēs-\

Medical Definition of bestiality

plural

bestialities

  1. :  sexual relations between a human being and a lower animal


Law Dictionary

bestiality

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noun bes·ti·al·i·ty \ˌbes-chē-ˈa-lə-tē, ˌbēs-\

Legal Definition of bestiality

  1. :  the crime of engaging in sexual relations with an animal — see also crime against nature



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