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Meaning of Bestiality

Sexual relations between a man or woman and an animal. Acts of bestiality are prohibited by statute . It is encompassed within the meaning of the phrase crime against nature and sodomy ‘; the act of bestiality is not limited to copulation by annum, but includes an act of sexual connection between human beings and animals. People v carrier , 254 N. W.2d 35, 74 Mich. App. 161. At common law , the term was defined as a connection between a human being and a mute of the opposite sex. See state v Poole, 122 P.2d 415, 59 Ariz. 44.

Bestiality Alternative Definition

Carnal connection between a human being and a beast. 10 Ind. 356. See “Buggery.”

Synonyms of Bestiality


  • animalism
  • barbarity
  • barbarousness
  • beastliness
  • bloodthirstiness
  • brutality
  • brutishness
  • cruelty
  • ferociousness
  • ferocity
  • fiendishness
  • fierceness
  • grossness
  • inhumanity
  • monstrousness
  • savagery
  • unnaturalness
  • viciousness

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See Also

“Abominable and detestable crime against nature; buggery.”


See Also

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  • Bestiality in Law Enforcement

    Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of bestiality.


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    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Police Officer
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    Further Reading

    English Legal System: Bestiality

    In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Bestiality :

    Anal or vaginal intercourse by a man or a woman with an animal. Bestiality is a crime if penetration is proved.

    See also buggery.

    Bestiality, Sexual Behaviour and the Law

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    • Article Name: Bestiality
    • Author: Asian Law
    • Description: Sexual relations state v Poole, 122 P.2d 415, 59 Ariz. 44.

    This entry was last modified: March 11, 2015

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