(Be*stead") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bestead or Bested, also (Obs.) Bestad. In sense 3 imp. also Besteaded.] [Pref. be- + stead a place.]

1. To put in a certain situation or condition; to circumstance; to place. [Only in p. p.]

They shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: . . . and curse their king and their God.
Is. viii. 21.

Many far worse bestead than ourselves.

2. To put in peril; to beset. [Only in p. p.] Chaucer.

3. To serve; to assist; to profit; to avail. Milton.

(Bes"tial) a. [F. bestial, L. bestialis, fr. bestia beast. See Beast.]

1. Belonging to a beast, or to the class of beasts.

Among the bestial herds to range.

2. Having the qualities of a beast; brutal; below the dignity of reason or humanity; irrational; carnal; beastly; sensual. Shak.

Syn. — Brutish; beastly; brutal; carnal; vile; low; depraved; sensual; filthy.

(Bes"tial), n. A domestic animal; also collectively, cattle; as, other kinds of bestial. [Scot.]

(Bes*tial"i*ty) n. [F. bestialité.]

1. The state or quality of being bestial.

2. Unnatural connection with a beast.

(Bes"tial*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bestialized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bestializing.] To make bestial, or like a beast; to degrade; to brutalize.

The process of bestializing humanity.

(Bes"tial*ly), adv. In a bestial manner.

(Be*stick") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bestuck ; p. pr. & vb. n. Besticking.] To stick over, as with sharp points pressed in; to mark by infixing points or spots here and there; to pierce.

Truth shall retire
Bestuck with slanderous darts.

(Be*still") v. t. To make still.

(Be*stir") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bestirred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bestirring.] To put into brisk or vigorous action; to move with life and vigor; — usually with the reciprocal pronoun.

You have so bestirred your valor.

Rouse and bestir themselves ere well awake.

(Be*storm") v. i. & t. To storm. Young.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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