Beast meaning

bēst
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A brutal, contemptible person.
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A very large or powerful person or thing.

Drives a beast of a truck.

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An animal other than a human, especially a large four-footed mammal.
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A person who is gross, brutal, vile, etc.
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Any animal as distinguished from a human being.

Neither man nor beast.

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Qualities or impulses like an animal's.

To bring out the beast in him.

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Something of a specified kind.

Her latest film is an odd beast.

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Any large, four-footed animal; sometimes, specif., a domesticated animal.
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(biblical) A figure in the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse), often identified with Satan or the Antichrist.
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A wild animal, or seemingly so, which roams free in a country it is usually only found in zoos. (For example The Beast of Bodmin Mo).
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The definition of beast is an animal, usually a huge four-footed mammal or is a mean and scornful person.

An example of a beast is a giant Grizzly bear.

An example of a beast is a woman who talks down to everyone and treats people as though they are insignificant.

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Animal nature as opposed to intellect or spirit.

An insult that brought out the beast in him.

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Origin of beast

  • Middle English beste from Old French from Latin bēstia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition