• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bestial resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility "beastly desires","a bestial nature","brute force","a dull and brutish man","bestial treatment of prisoners"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bestial A domestic animal; also collectively, cattle; as, other kinds of bestial .
    • Bestial Belonging to a beast, or to the class of beasts. "Among the bestial herds to range."
    • Bestial Having the qualities of a beast; brutal; below the dignity of reason or humanity; irrational; carnal; beastly; sensual.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bestial Belonging to a beast or to the class of beasts; animal.
    • bestial Having the qualities of a beast; brutal; below the dignity of reason or humanity; carnal: as, a bestial appetite.
    • n bestial In Scots law, the cattle on a farm taken collectively.
    • n bestial A work on zoölogy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bestial best′i-al like a beast: rude: brutally sensual
    • n Bestial (Scot.) a collective name for cattle
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “They are so filthy and bestial that no honest man would admit one into his house for a water-closet doormat.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I ha lost my reputation, I ha lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial!”
  • Bertolt Brecht
    “For once you must try not to shirk the facts: mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bestial, L. bestialis, fr. bestia, beast. See Beast


In literature:

Close scrutiny did not soften the bestial cruelty of the face of Len Yang's ruler.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Dickens describes Fagin as a man who was solid bestiality and villainy done up in bone and tissue.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
She could see him, in all his elegant demeanour, bestial, almost corrupt.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
There was something bestial in the boy's fury.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
O, the vulgarity, the bestiality of it!
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
A horrid scream of bestial rage broke from the banth as he felt warm flesh beneath his powerful talons.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Bestiality of life was once common enough to attract no attention.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
Burke was nauseated, for instead of the old-time fun of a jolly dance, this seemed some weird, unnatural, bestial, ritualistic evolution.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
The tone pursued him, but he felt that it had a less bestial quality.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Suddenly the bestial face of a Drilgo appeared.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various

In poetry:

Will mankind have reached perfection
Ere that epoch has begun,
Or grown bestial, as the heat-waves
Issue feebly from the sun?
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
There hangs a quaint, strong head,
Though merely sketched. What a marked, cunning leer
Grins on the wide mouth! what a bestial glance!
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
Hush! He is just behind
There in the house--see how the great house glares,
Glares like an ogre's mask--the whole dead house
Possessed with bestial meaning....
"The Wild Knight" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The flaming pit and Satan open wide
Their jaws, to swallow up all drunken men,
Ere they can lay their bestial load aside —
Or can find time to soberize agen.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
With finer wool the land to dower,
Behold how strongly we are moved—
Even while a Nation’s thinking power
Unvalued, yet
Unnamed, we let
All bestial grow, being unimprov’d!
"Finality" by Charles Harpur
The pest 'mang oor bestial is spreading like fire,
The sta's are a' toom noo in mony a byre,
The hirsels are dwinin' on hillside an' lea,
An' the grief an' the losses are waesome to dree.
"Rhymes For The Times: I: 1865" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Bills banning bestiality, baggy pants pass in Fla. Jump to discuss comments below.
It quickly expanded into pedophilia, murder, genocide, bestiality and worse.
Bestiality, suicide and 'the rape of Oprah' all too much for ArtPrize 2012 show at The B.O.B.
Justice Antonin Scalia defended his writings comparing laws against homosexuality to those prohibiting bestiality and murder, saying he was arguing that many laws are based on society's moral feelings.
Handyman caught on camera gets 7 months for bestiality.
Marylanders should reject those who compare homosexuality to incest and bestiality.
Sword fights, adoptions, pets, mistresses, faux-incest/pseudo-bestiality role-playing games, and more.
Confronted by a gay student at Princeton University, the high court justice says his comparison of laws did not equate homosexuality with bestiality or murder.
Budish was reluctant to talk to 10TV about the comments he made while honoring a departing fellow lawmaker who wanted to make bestiality a felony.
Iowa man faces abuse, bestiality charges.
Bestiality is serious business for Sen Jim Inhofe and the Tulsa Metro Chamber.
See, during a Dec 12 speech at the chamber, Inhofe told the audience that the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" did not, as some people might have thought, mean bestiality also was being allowed in the military.
Tony Abbott aide links bestiality and polygamy to gay marriage.
A close aide to would-be Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has linked same-sex marriage to bestiality and polygamy .
A man from Zimbabwe who was accused of bestiality claimed that the donkey he had sex with was really a shape-shifting prostitute .