• Some of the Band Of Asiatics, With Their Beasts, Brought from KhnÛmhotpÛ
    Some of the Band Of Asiatics, With Their Beasts, Brought from KhnÛmhotpÛ
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj beastly resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility "beastly desires","a bestial nature","brute force","a dull and brutish man","bestial treatment of prisoners"
    • adj beastly very unpleasant "hellish weather","stop that god-awful racket"
    • adv beastly in a beastly manner "she behaved beastly toward her mother-in-law"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Combats with Beasts Combats with Beasts
Dumb Beasts Dumb Beasts
Nobody must hunt wild beasts Nobody must hunt wild beasts
Neither Beast nor Bird Neither Beast nor Bird
Beauty is shocked as the beast transforms into the prince Beauty is shocked as the beast transforms into the prince
A lion dividing a stag while three other beasts look on A lion dividing a stag while three other beasts look on

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The human heart beast roughly 35 million times a year
    • Beastly Abominable; as, beastly weather.
    • Beastly Characterizing the nature of a beast; contrary to the nature and dignity of man; brutal; filthy. "The beastly vice of drinking to excess."
    • Beastly Pertaining to, or having the form, nature, or habits of, a beast. "Beastly divinities and droves of gods."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hippopotamuses actually sweat blood. Their skin contains a great amount of an oily substance that exudes from the pores, and when the beast perspires a little blood gets mixed in.
    • beastly Natural; animal: the opposite of spiritual.
    • beastly Like a beast in form or nature; animal.
    • beastly Like a beast in conduct or instincts; brutal; filthy; coarse.
    • beastly Befitting a beast; unfit for human use; filthy; abominable.
    • beastly Nasty; disagreeable: as, beastly weather.
    • beastly Synonyms Brutal, Bestial, etc. See brute.
    • beastly In the manner of a beast; filthily; abominably.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The disease-carrying mosquito, delivering encephalitis, the West Nile virus, malaria, and Dengue fever, is by far the deadliest beast in the animal world. The World Health Organization says mosquitos cause more than 2 million deaths a year worldwide. Another insect,
    • adj Beastly like a beast in actions or behaviour: coarse: obscene:
    • adj Beastly (colloq.) vile, disagreeable
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  • Ben Jonson
    “They say Princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a prince as soon as his groom.”
  • Aristotle
    “Either a beast or a god.”
  • Dante Alighieri
    “Consider your breed; you were not made to live like beasts, but to follow virtue and knowledge.”
  • Max Muller
    Max Muller
    “Language is the Rubicon that divides man from beast.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first.”
  • Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    “What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?”


Break the back of the beast - If you break the back of the beast, you accomplish a challenge.
Nature of the beast - The basic characteristics of something is the nature of the beast; often used when there's an aspect of something that cannot be changed or that is unpleasant or difficult.
No use to man or beast - If something or someone is no use to man or beast, they it or they are utterly useless.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. beste (Fr. bête)—L. bestia.


In literature:

They attentively listened to the groans and cries of wild beasts, and prognosticated from them, and believed in witchcraft.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
If the beast of a horse, or the spirit beast, held occupancy here, Isuke would deal with him.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Where would we be in the spring if any large portion of our beasts were so maimed?
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
And Beauty and the Beast, who was a Beast no more, but a handsome Prince, lived happily ever after.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
At first the beast would not listen, but finally, when several miles had been covered he slackened up, and at last dropped into a walk.
"The Boy Land Boomer" by Ralph Bonehill
In the evening the beast appeared.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
They had gone to earth with speed, and the man was sure that both beasts had sensed danger.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
Dost thou take the belly of a man for the abyss of hell, to think that one such beast is not quite enough for it?
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
So they sat still and watched the beast slowly and greedily devour their comrade.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
It said on the bills we saw yesterday in the town, `Ramball's Wild-Beast Show.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Sedate, and steady as before,
He saw the beast appear,
And o'er his head, with hideous roar,
His great proboscis rear.
"The Philosopher" by Samuel Bowden
For in the forest with his guide,
He hears her wailing young,
To whom the tender beast replied.
With a maternal tongue.
"The Panther" by William Hayley
And higher yet the water rose,
The lather still increased,
And sadder still the countenance
Of that poor martyred beast!
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Until the angel of the Lord
Came on the wings of Night,
And smote first-born of man and beast,
In his destructive flight.
"Out Of Egypt" by Horatio Alger Jr
Safety to man thy goodness brings,
Nor overlooks the beast;
Beneath the shadow of thy wings
Thy children choose to rest.
"Psalm XXXVI: High in the Heav'ns" by Isaac Watts
Do we loathe the beastly orgies
Of the negro-breeding pens?
Look within our thousand brothels,
Viler far than negro dens.
"Comparative Slavery" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

There, the Idyll -Beast is said to exist -- a creature akin to Bigfoot, or Sasquatch.
The Beast is a hunk CW's 'Beauty and the Beast' is just a bad idea.
CW's 'Beauty and the Beast' not attractive in the least .
What a curious, magnificent beast is "La Damnation de Faust".
Beasts of the Southern Wild brings us a surrealist story and an Oscar-worthy performance from a 6-year-old.
This column in this morning's Daily Beast is by Tunku Varadarajan.
They called it "The Beast," and the CIA might have envied the secrecy in which it was shrouded.
And she's bringing Gappa (1967), a cute, if lesser-known, relative of beaked mega-beast Rodan.
Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, 'Beasts' highlight jam-packed Bama Art House series.
Coordinator Dave Russo's dish is one of the most popular at the annual Rummel Alumni Beast Feast.
The Beast 18 days ago.
Sunday in the Strip is a funny beast.
Ratliff has been a beast in the middle.
Paleontologist Discovers Lair of Mythological Beast.
This week, "More" tackles the gorgonopsid, a prehistoric beast that earned its name on account of its ugly face.

In science:

Exchanging a+ leads to 1/r interaction between the four sets of beasts.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
Fig. 8 - BEAST in its dome in W hite Mountain. The size of the instrument and components can be figured out by comparing with investigators in front of the gondola.
25 years of Cosmic Microwave Background research at INPE
The natural extension of BEAST would be an instrument with polarization measurement capabilities and this came with the WMPol (White Mountain Polarimeter), also operating at White Mountain Research Station.
25 years of Cosmic Microwave Background research at INPE
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 158, 101-108, 2005. Mejia, J.; et al. Galactic foreground contribution to the BEAST CMB Anisotropy Maps. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 158, 109-117, 2005. O´Dwier, I., et al. The angular power spectrum of the BEAST experiment.
25 years of Cosmic Microwave Background research at INPE
Drummond AJ, Rambaut A (2007) BEAST: Bayesian evolutionary analysis by sampling trees.
Developing and applying heterogeneous phylogenetic models with XRate