brutal, brutish, bestial, feral mean characteristic of an animal in nature, action, or instinct. brutal applies to people, their acts, or their words and suggests a lack of intelligence, feeling, or humanity.
a senseless and brutal war brutish stresses likeness to an animal in low intelligence, in base appetites, and in behavior based on instinct.
brutish stupiditybestial suggests a state of degradation unworthy of humans and fit only for beasts.
bestial depravityferal suggests the savagery or ferocity of wild animals.
the struggle to survive unleashed their feral impulses
Examples of bestial in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebFrank himself could easily be a habitué of an old Max Fleischer cartoon—a cousin to Bimbo the Dog, perhaps—with his rubbery black limbs, white gloves and shoes, and cute, bestial, species-nonspecific features.
Sam Thielman, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2022 Some singers get up in front of audiences and attack sets with bestial ferocity before partying all night long, but that approach has an expiration date.
Nathan Grayson, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2022 Our reduced olfactory apparatus was the detritus of a bestial and benighted past, and an allegory of our enlightenment.
Scott Sayare, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 On the Foo Fighters’ second album, The Colour and the Shape, Grohl ended up rerecording songs with his own bestial drumming in place of Goldsmith’s, and suddenly tracks that hadn’t been working sounded like instant modern-rock classics.
Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2021 The streaks provide proof of our mundane bestial reality—our hormones, our lunch, our particular whorls and spirals.
Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2021 Such epiphanies, though bookended in Wright's novel between the bestial horrors of its first section and the abject bleakness of its third, are what give the novel its lasting glow.
Gene Seymour, CNN, 26 May 2021 Lincoln’s opponents tarred him with racist and bestial characterizations.
Calvin Schermerhorn, The Conversation, 6 Aug. 2020 Abolitionists claimed that the eloquence of slaves and Africans proved their equal humanity, but most Europeans had long taken for granted that black utterances were inherently inferior, even bestial.
Fara Dabhoiwala, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2020 See More
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