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of, relating to, or having the form of a beast:
the belief that a person could assume bestial form after death; the bestial signs of the zodiac.
without reason or intelligence; brutal; inhuman:
bestial treatment of prisoners.
beastlike in gratifying one’s sensual desires; carnal; debased.
brutal or savage
sexually depraved; carnal
lacking in refinement; brutish
of or relating to a beast


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