(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.
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.
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.