bestial (s.xii3/4)

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bestial (s.xii3/4)

[ FEW: 1,343b bestialis; Gdf: ; GdfC: 8,320b bestial; TL: 1,950 bestïal; DEAF:  bestial; DMF:  bestial 1; TLF:  bestial; OED:  bestial a.; MED:  bestial a.; DMLBS: 195c bestialis ]

pl. bestieux  


1of an animal
( c.1235; MS: c.1235 )  Cum liun ki desire char de cors bestial  1603
( s.xii3/4; MS: s.xiv2 )  (Bucifal) Mult fut bels [...], Mes d’une cruauté fut il mult bestial  464
( 1212; MS: 1212-13 )  Car asez bestials eraient Quant Benoit a beste quidoient  3975
( s.xiii1; MS: s.xiiim )  vie bestial e desordenee  ii 4
2animal-like (i.e. devoid of reason)
( 1356-57; MS: s.xivex )  [...] ils portent des pommes savages ovesqez eux, qar s’ils avoient perdu l’odour, ils morient tantost. Ils ne sont mie mult resonables mes mult simples et touz bestieux  461
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