SYN: zoophilia. [L. bestia, beast]

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bes·ti·al·i·ty .bes-chē-'al-ət-ē, .bēs- n, pl -ties sexual relations between a human being and a lower animal

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bes·ti·al·i·ty (bes-te-alґĭ-te) [L. bestia beast] sexual connection with an animal. See also zoophilia.

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  • bestiality — bes·ti·al·i·ty /ˌbes chē a lə tē, ˌbēs / n: the crime of engaging in sexual relations with an animal see also crime against nature Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Bestiality — Bes*tial i*ty, n. [F. bestialit[ e].] 1. The state or quality of being bestial. [1913 Webster] 2. Unnatural connection with a beast. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bestiality — (n.) late 14c., the nature of beasts, from BESTIAL (Cf. bestial) + ITY (Cf. ity). Meaning indulgence in beastly instincts is from 1650s; sense of sexual activity with a beast is from 1611 (KJV) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bestiality — ► NOUN 1) savagely cruel and wicked behaviour. 2) sexual intercourse between a person and an animal …   English terms dictionary

  • bestiality — [bes΄chē al′ə tē, bes΄tēal′ə tə; ] often [ bēs΄tē al′ə tē] n. pl. bestialities 1. bestial quality, character, or behavior 2. a bestial act or practice 3. sexual relations between a person and an animal …   English World dictionary

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  • bestiality — noun /ˈbɛstʃəlˌlɪtɪ/ˌbɛstʃiˈælɪti a) A status of lower animal. Whats your bestiality? (Whats your mark?) b) An animal like instinct or behaviour. See Also: zoophilia …   Wiktionary

  • bestiality —    copulation of a human with an animal    Literally, appertaining to a beast. Legal jargon for such a relationship with a mammal quadruped of either sex. In the case of Rex v. Brown, where the accused s amorous attentions were directed towards a …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • bestiality — A sexual connection between a human being and an animal. State v. Poole, 59 Ariz. 44, 122 P.2d 415, 416. At common law the term crime against nature embraced both sodomy and bestiality . See sodomy …   Black's law dictionary

  • bestiality — noun (plural ties) Date: 14th century 1. the condition or status of a lower animal 2. display or gratification of bestial traits or impulses 3. sexual relations between a human being and a lower animal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bestiality — /bes chee al i tee, bees /, n., pl. bestialities. 1. brutish or beastly character or behavior; beastliness. 2. indulgence in beastlike appetites, instincts, impulses, etc. 3. an instance of bestial character or behavior. 4. sexual relations… …   Universalium

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