Definition of Beast

1. Noun. A living organism characterized by voluntary movement.

Exact synonyms: Animal, Animate Being, Brute, Creature, Fauna
Generic synonyms: Being, Organism
Examples of category: Ritual Killing, Sacrifice, Tracking, Trailing, Micro-organism, Microorganism, Actinomycete, Trap, Humaneness, Body, Organic Structure, Physical Structure, Side, Nose, Diet, Transmitter, Vector, Sitter, Stander, Wart, Schistosome Dermatitis, Swimmer's Itch, Bone, Debone, Domesticate, Tame, Domesticate, Domesticise, Domesticize, Reclaim, Tame, Drench, Crop, Graze, Pasture, Crested, Topknotted, Tufted, Bone-covered, Free-swimming, Unattached, Hispid, Flesh-eating, Meat-eating, Zoophagous, Phytophagic, Phytophagous, Phytophilous, Plant-eating, All-devouring, Insectivorous, Epizootic, Adult, Big, Full-grown, Fully Grown, Grown, Grownup, Half-blooded, Half-bred, Half-breed, Registered, Unregistered, Gregarious, Social
Group relationships: Animal Kingdom, Animalia, Kingdom Animalia
Specialized synonyms: Pest, Critter, Creepy-crawly, Darter, Peeper, Homeotherm, Homoiotherm, Homotherm, Ectotherm, Poikilotherm, Range Animal, Varment, Varmint, Scavenger, Work Animal, Domestic Animal, Domesticated Animal, Feeder, Migrator, Molter, Moulter, Pet, Stayer, Stunt, Marine Animal, Marine Creature, Sea Animal, Sea Creature, Female, Male, Adult, Offspring, Young, Pureblood, Purebred, Thoroughbred, Giant, Survivor, Mutant, Herbivore, Insectivore, Acrodont, Pleurodont, Zooplankton, Conceptus, Embryo, Fertilized Egg, Chordate, Invertebrate, Metazoan, Omnivore, Predator, Predatory Animal, Prey, Quarry, Game, Hexapod, Biped, Larva, Racer, Fictional Animal, Captive, Mate
Terms within: Animal Tissue
Terms within: Caput, Head, Face
Derivative terms: Animalise, Animalize, Beastly, Bestial, Create

2. Noun. A cruelly rapacious person.
Exact synonyms: Brute, Savage, Wildcat, Wolf
Generic synonyms: Aggressor, Assailant, Assaulter, Attacker
Derivative terms: Savage, Savage

Definition of Beast

1. n. Any living creature; an animal; -- including man, insects, etc.

Definition of Beast

1. Proper noun. (biblical) A figure in the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse), often identified with Satan or the Antichrist. ¹

2. Proper noun. 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 Moor'''). ¹

3. Noun. Any animal other than a human; usually only applied to land vertebrates. Especially large or dangerous four-footed ones ¹

4. Noun. (more specific) a domestic animal, especially a bovine farm animal: ¹

5. Noun. A person who behaves in a violent, antisocial or uncivilized manner. ¹

6. Noun. (slang) A large and impressive automobile ¹

7. Noun. (slang prisons) A sex offender. ¹

8. Verb. (British military) to impose arduous exercises, either as training or as punishment. ¹

9. Adjective. (slang) great; excellent; powerful ¹

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Definition of Beast

1. an animal [n -S] - See also: animal

Lexicographical Neighbors of Beast

bears out
bears up
bears upon
bears witness
beast of burden
beast of prey

Literary usage of Beast

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and His Noble by Thomas Malory, William Caxton (1901)
"SIR PALAMIDES AND THE QUESTING beast. the questing beast that had in shape a head like a serpent's head, and a body like a ..."

2. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1887)
"Let the beast devour me. Never shall it be said that the youngest of us, a mere child, was deserted by her eldest sister ! " The resolution of BETTY was ..."

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