beast Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
animate being; brute; animal; fauna; creature.
noun a cruelly rapacious person
savage; wolf; brute; wildcat.
Any living creature; an animal; -- including man, insects, etc.Obs. Chaucer.
Any four-footed animal, that may be used for labor, food, or sport; as, a. beastof burden
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast. Prov. xii. 10.
As opposed to man: Any irrational animal.
Fig.: A coarse, brutal, filthy, or degraded fellow.
A game at cards similar to loo.Obs. Wright.
A penalty at beast, omber, etc. Hence: To be beasted, to be beaten at beast, omber, etc.Chaucer. Syn. -- Beast, Brute. When we use these words in a figurative sense, as applicable to human beings, we think of beasts as mere animals governed by animal appetite; and of brutes as being destitute of reason or moral feeling, and governed by unrestrained passion. Hence we speak of beastly appetites; beastly indulgences, etc.; and of brutal manners; brutal inhumanity; brutal ferocity. So, also, we say of a drunkard, that he first made himself a beast, and then treated his family like a brute.
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