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brutish or beastly character or behavior; beastliness.
indulgence in beastlike appetites, instincts, impulses, etc.
an instance of bestial character or behavior.
sexual relations between a person and an animal; sodomy.
Historical Examples

King of Camargue Jean Aicard
The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
The Criminal Havelock Ellis
The Sexual Question August Forel

noun (pl) -ties
bestial behaviour, character, or action
sexual activity between a person and an animal


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