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Bestial

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Old French bestial, from Late Latin b?sti?lis, from Latin b?stia ("beast") (whence English beast).

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Adjective

bestial (comparative more bestial, superlative most bestial)

  1. (literally and figuratively) Beast-like
    • c. 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act II, Scene 3, [1]
      Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 4, lines 753-4, [2]
      By thee adulterous lust was driven from men /
      Among the bestial herds to range [...]
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, [3]
      This familiar that I called out of my own soul, and sent forth alone to do his good pleasure, was a being inherently malign and villainous; his every act and thought centered on self; drinking pleasure with bestial avidity from any degree of torture to another; relentless like a man of stone.

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Noun

bestial pl (plural only)

  1. (Scotland, obsolete) Cattle.
    • 1845, The New Statistical Account of Scotland: Forfar, Kincardine (page 94)
      [...] much must depend upon the way in which bestial are bought or reared, and the state of the markets when they are sold.

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French

Etymology

Borrowed from Late Latin b?sti?lis, from Latin b?stia ("beast").

Pronunciation

Adjective

bestial (feminine singular bestiale, masculine plural bestiaux, feminine plural bestiales)

  1. bestial

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Galician

Etymology

Borrowed from Late Latin b?sti?lis, from Latin b?stia ("beast").

Adjective

bestial m or f (plural bestiais)

  1. beastly
  2. massive, huge, giant
  3. tremendous, fantastic, awesome

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Old French

Etymology

First known attestation circa 1190, borrowed from Latin b?sti?lis.

Adjective

bestial m (oblique and nominative feminine singular bestiale)

  1. bestial (of or relating to a beast)

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Descendants

  • English: bestial
  • French: bestial

Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from Late Latin b?sti?lis, from Latin b?stia ("beast").

Pronunciation

Adjective

bestial m or f (plural bestiais, comparable)

  1. bestial; brutish
  2. beastly

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Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from French bestial, Late Latin b?sti?lis, from Latin b?stia ("beast").

Pronunciation

Adjective

bestial m or n (feminine singular bestial?, masculine plural bestiali, feminine and neuter plural bestiale)

  1. bestial, animal
  2. (informal) cool

Usage notes

As indicated by the informal meaning of "cool", this word does not have the same negative connotations as in English.

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Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from Late Latin b?sti?lis, from Latin b?stia ("beast").

Adjective

bestial (plural bestiales)

  1. beastly
  2. massive, huge, giant
  3. tremendous, fantastic, awesome

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