beast noun

1 animal

ADJ. ferocious, savage, snarling, wild Savage beasts once roamed these forests. | exotic, fabled, fantastic, legendary, mythical, rare, strange paintings of mythical beasts | great, huge, magnificent, mighty

PHRASES a beast of burden, a beast of prey

2 unpleasant/cruel person

ADJ. filthy You filthy beast! | sex Local people live in fear of this unknown sex beast.

PHRASES the beast in sb (= the violent or sexual part of sb's character) The beast in her wanted to destroy his house. | bring out the beast in sb Somehow she brought out the beast in him.