What is another word for bestial?

Pronunciation: [bˈɛstjə͡l] (IPA)

Bestial refers to behavior that is savage, brutal, or inhuman. This word is often used to describe a person or animal that is acting in a vicious or violent manner. Some synonyms for bestial include savage, brutish, ferocious, barbaric, vicious, cruel, inhumane, monstrous, and feral. These words all convey a sense of wildness and brutality, and can be used to describe everything from a ruthless dictator to a rabid dog. While each word has its own nuances and connotations, they all share a common thread of describing something that is cruel and violent.

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What are the hypernyms for Bestial?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.
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What are the opposite words for bestial?

Bestial is an adjective that means resembling or behaving like an animal, and often implies savage or brutal behavior. Some antonyms for the word bestial are refined, civilized, cultured, humane, and sophisticated. Refined suggests a high level of elegance and good taste, while civilized implies advanced and polite behavior. Cultured suggests a high level of education and appreciation of the arts. Humane refers to kindness and compassion towards human beings and animals, while sophisticated implies a higher social or cultural status. By using these antonyms in contrast to bestial, one can highlight the contrast between primal and civilized behavior.

Usage examples for Bestial

A shadow of alarm flashed over the bestial countenance.
"The Man from Jericho"
Edwin Carlile Litsey
Fit supporters are these for the arches of the Sanctuary as, at its very door, with claw and tooth they tear to pieces the bestial forms of vice and ignorance.
"Hospital Sketches"
Robert Swain Peabody
The tone pursued him, but he felt that it had a less bestial quality.
"Melomaniacs"
James Huneker

Famous quotes with Bestial

  • To insult someone we call him "bestial." For deliberate cruelty and nature, "human" might be the greater insult.
    Isaac Asimov
  • What America demands in her black champions is a brilliant, powerful body and a dull, bestial mind.
    Eldridge Cleaver
  • From this bestial view that the human mind consists of only sense certainty, pleasure and pain, Locke developed an equally bestial theory of the nation. Man originally existed in a State of Nature of complete liberty.
    Robert Trout
  • The Afro-American is not a bestial race.
    Ida B. Wells
  • Much more than our other needs and endeavors, it is sexuality that puts us on an even footing with our kind: the more we practice it, the more we become like everyone else: it is in the performance of a reputedly bestial function that we prove our status as citizens: nothing is more public than the sexual act.
    Emil Cioran

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