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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: beste, from Latin bestia


Related topics: Animals
beast [countable]
1 writtenHBA an animal, especially a large or dangerous one
2 old-fashioned someone who is cruel or unpleasant:
You beast! Let go!
3 something of a particular type or that has a particular quality - usually used humorously [= animal]:
A city at night is a very different beast.

the beast in somebody

the part of someone's character that makes them experience hatred, strong sexual feelings, violence etc

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