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Definition of "bestiality" []

  • The quality or condition of being an animal or like an animal. (noun)
  • Conduct or an action marked by depravity or brutality. (noun)
  • Sexual relations between a human and an animal. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bestiality" in a sentence
  • "In the first case we may properly apply the term bestiality; in the second case it may perhaps be better to use the term _zooerastia_, proposed by Krafft-Ebing. ["
  • "Why is it illegal, deviant, and cause for imprisonment for some farmer to engage in bestiality inside a barn if he's doing it for personal enjoyment, but perfectly legal for that same farmer to do it as part of "standard agricultural practices" used to put animal corpses on our nation's dinner tables?"
  • "So do you support rights for polygamists, folks who engage in bestiality, child molesters, dendraphiliacs and the other perverts who are judged by their sexual preferences?"