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bestiality (sexual activity)

Definition:

sexual activity between a person and an animal

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

bestialities

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"the nature of beasts", from "bestial" + "-ity". Meaning "indulgence in beastly ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of bestiality...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Zoophilia

a paraphilia involving sexual activity between human and non-human animals or a fixation on such practice. The term "zoophilia" derives from the combination of two nouns in Greek: ζῷον and φιλία. Although sex with animals is not outlawed in... (39 of 10237 words, 10 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Zoophilia

Wiktionary:

zooerastia | bestiality [synonym] | zooerasty [synonym]

The practice of a human engaging in sexual intercourse with an animal (12 of 31 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/zooerastia

Collins Dictionary:

bestiality | bestialities [plural]

bestial behaviour, character, or action | sexual activity between a person and an animal (13 of 469 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bestiality

Merriam-Webster:

bestiality | bestialities [plural] | animalism [synonym, sense-specific] | animality [synonym, sense-specific] | beastliness [synonym, sense-specific] | brutality [synonym, sense-specific] | brutishness [synonym, sense-specific] | swinishness [synonym, sense-specific] | carnality [similar, sense-specific] | ...

the condition or status of a lower animal | display or gratification of bestial traits or impulses | sexual relations between a human being and a ... (24 of 128 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bestiality

Oxford Dictionary:

bestiality

savagely cruel or depraved behaviour | sexual intercourse between a person and an animal. (13 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bestiality

Random House Dictionary:

bestiality | bestialities [plural]

brutish or beastly character or behavior; beastliness. | indulgence in beastlike appetites, instincts, impulses, etc. | an instance of bestial ... (18 of 42 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/bestiality

American Heritage Dictionary:

bestiality | bestialities [plural]

The quality or condition of being an animal or like an animal. | Conduct or an action marked by depravity or brutality. | Sexual relations between a ... (25 of 35 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bestiality

Macmillan British Dictionary:

bestiality [uncountable]

sexual activity between a person and an animal | [formal] extremely cruel behaviour (12 of 35 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bestiality

New World Dictionary:

bestiality | bestialities [plural]

bestial quality, character, or behavior | a bestial act or practice | sexual relations between a person and an animal (18 of 27 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bestiality

Cambridge Dictionary:

bestiality [entry 1]

sex between a person and an animal (7 of 16 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bestiality 1

bestiality [entry 2, disapproving]

behaviour that is very cruel or like an animal (9 of 22 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bestiality 2

Britannica Encyclopedia:

sex

the sum of features by which members of species can be divided into two groups--male and female--that complement each other reproductively. Sex, ... (24 of 848 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/536936​/sex

Columbia Encyclopedia:

sex

term used to refer both to the two groups distinguished as males and females, and to the anatomical and physiological characteristics associated with ... (23 of 73 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0844605​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

bestiality | bestialities [plural]

sexual activity between a human being and an animal | an act, behavior, or condition more appropriate for an animal than a human being (23 of 42 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861590167​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Online Etymology:

bestiality

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "the nature of beasts", from "bestial" + "-ity". Meaning "indulgence in beastly instincts" is from 1650s; sense of "sexual activity with a beast" is ... (27 of 31 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=bestiality

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

bestiality | bestialities [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bestiality"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bestiality

Macmillan American Dictionary:

bestiality [uncountable]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "bestiality"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "bestiality"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/bestiality

Macmillan British Dictionary:

bestiality [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bestiality"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bestiality

Cambridge Dictionary:

bestiality [entry 2, disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "bestiality"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "bestiality"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bestiality 2

the Free Dictionary:

bestiality

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "bestiality"

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Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "bestiality" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/bestiality

Google Dictionary:

bestiality

Audio: English pronunciation of "bestiality"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

bestiality

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bestiality"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=bestia​99 word=bestiality

bestiality

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bestiality"

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YourDictionary Audio:

bestiality

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bestiality" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bestiality

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