Bestial Definition

bĕschəl, bēs-
Of or resembling a beast.
A bestial roar.
American Heritage
Of beasts or lower animals.
Webster's New World
Marked by brutality or depravity; brutal or depraved.
Capable of the most bestial acts imaginable.
American Heritage
Like a beast in qualities or behavior; brutish or savage; brutal, coarse, vile, etc.
Webster's New World

(literally and figuratively) Beast-like.


Origin of Bestial

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin bēstiālis from Latin bēstia beast

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

  • Old French bestial, from Latin bēstiālis, from bēstia (“beast”) (whence English beast).

    From Wiktionary

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