Brutish vs Beastly - What's the difference?

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Brutish is a related term of beastly.

As adjectives the difference between brutish and beastly

is that brutish is of, or in the manner of a brute while beastly is (uk) pertaining to, or having the form, nature or habits of, a beast.

As an adverb beastly is

like a beast; brutishly.

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(en adjective)
  • Of, or in the manner of a brute
  • Bestial; lacking human sensibility
  • Quotations

    * 1651 , (Thomas Hobbes), *: No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish , and short. * 1843 , (Thomas Carlyle), '', book 3, ch. IX, ''Working Aristocracy *: The haggard despair of Cotton-factory, Coal-mine operatives, Farm-labourers, in these days, is painful to behold; but not so painful, hideous to the inner sense, as the brutish god-forgetting Profit-and-Loss Philosophy, and Life-theory, which we hear jangled on all hands of us […] * {{quote-magazine, title=Towards the end of poverty , date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=11, magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 (the average of the 15 poorest countries’ own poverty lines, measured in 2005 dollars and adjusted for differences in purchasing power): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.}}




  • (UK) Pertaining to, or having the form, nature or habits of, a beast.
  • (UK) Characterizing the nature of a beast; contrary to the nature and dignity of man; brutal; filthy.
  • (UK, dated) Abominable.
  • beastly weather

    Usage notes

    Most often used pejoratively. is more narrow, though also often used pejoratively.


    * (like a beast) bestial, animalian


    (en adverb)
  • Like a beast; brutishly.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , III.8:
  • Beastly he threwe her downe, ne car'd to spill / Her garments gay with scales of fish that all did fill.
  • * 1901 , The Literary World - Volume 63 - Page 35:
  • They have insulted me most beastly . Moreover, they are, everyone of them, black-satan filthmen.