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bestial (adj) cruel, inhuman, and disgusting; beastly.

If a person's behavior is cruel and disgusting, it is bestial. A person is bestial if he treats others cruelly and violently. In the olden days, and even today, in some countries, the punishments like whiplashes and hanging in public are bestial punishments. It also means like an animal or having the form of an animal.

  • The way the unarmed man was attacked by the goons, and beaten to death, was really bestial and the violence and the cruelty they showed were shocking.
  • The worship of bestial forms was quite common in Greece, Rome, and the Arabic countries where people believed that their gods assumed animal forms.
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