Definition of bestiality noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌbestiˈæləti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌbestʃiˈæləti//
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  1. 1(specialist) sexual activity between a human and an animal
  2. 2(formal) cruel or disgusting behaviour the sheer bestiality of these crimes
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French bestialite, from bestial from late Latin bestialis, from Latin bestia ‘beast’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bestiality