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beast Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    animate being; brute; animal; fauna; creature.
  2. noun a cruelly rapacious person
    savage; wolf; brute; wildcat.

Beast noun
OE. best, beste, OF. beste, F. bête, fr. L. bestia.
  1. Any living creature; an animal; -- including man, insects, etc. Obs. Chaucer.
  2. Any four-footed animal, that may be used for labor, food, or sport; as, a beast of burden.
    A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast. Prov. xii. 10.
  3. As opposed to man: Any irrational animal.
  4. Fig.: A coarse, brutal, filthy, or degraded fellow.
  5. A game at cards similar to loo. Obs. Wright.
  6. 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.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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