Beastly vs Sensual - What's the difference?

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Beastly is a related term of sensual.

As adjectives the difference between beastly and sensual

is that beastly is (uk) pertaining to, or having the form, nature or habits of, a beast while sensual is inducing pleasurable and/or erotic sensations.

As an adverb beastly

is like a beast; brutishly.




  • (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.



    Alternative forms

    * sensuall (obsolete)


    (en adjective)
  • Inducing pleasurable and/or erotic sensations.
  • That massage was a very sensual experience!
  • (not comparable) Of or pertaining to the physical senses; sensory.
  • Plato believed that this sensual world in which we live is inferior to the heavenly realm.


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