beastliness
   male sexual activity
   In the 19th century it meant copulation, when it was not thought proper for women to relish the activity:
    While you were at your beastliness ... (Fraser, 1971, writing in archaic style)
   Now it means masturbation, which is hardly fair, as most animals don't masturbate:
    ... the detrimental effects on sportsmen of masturbation, referred to in the sermon as beastliness. (Sharpe, 1982)

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  • Beastliness — Beast li*ness, n. The state or quality of being beastly. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beastliness — index bestiality, disrepute Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • beastliness — beastly Brit. informal ► ADJECTIVE ▪ very unpleasant. ► ADVERB dated ▪ to an extreme and unpleasant degree. DERIVATIVES beastliness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • beastliness — noun see beastly I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beastliness — See beastly. * * * …   Universalium

  • beastliness — noun The state of being beastly …   Wiktionary

  • beastliness — beast·li·ness || biːstlɪnɪs n. nastiness, crudeness, gluttony, obscenity …   English contemporary dictionary

  • beastliness — beast·li·ness …   English syllables

  • beastliness — noun 1. the quality of being deliberately mean • Syn: ↑meanness • Derivationally related forms: ↑mean (for: ↑meanness), ↑beastly • Hypernyms: ↑malevolence …   Useful english dictionary

  • beastly — beastliness, n. /beest lee/, adj., beastlier, beastliest, adv. adj. 1. of or like a beast; bestial. 2. Informal. nasty; unpleasant; disagreeable. adv. 3. Chiefly Brit. Informal. very; exceedingly: It s beastly cold out. 4. Brit. Informal.… …   Universalium

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