Definition of Bearbaiting

1. Noun. A blood sport in which dogs are set upon a chained bear ¹



2. Adjective. bloodthirsty ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bearbaiting

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bearbaiting

bear pits
bear spread
bear the scars
bear trap
bear traps
bear up
bear upon
bear walker
bear with
bear witness
bearabilities
bearability
bearable
bearableness
bearably
bearbaiting (current term)
bearbaitings
bearberries
bearberry
bearberry willow
bearbind
bearbine
bearbines
bearcat
bearcats
bearcub
beard lichen
beard moss
beard the lion in his den

Literary usage of Bearbaiting

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of England from the Accession of James II by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay (1907)
"But bearbaiting, then a favourite diversion of high and low, was the abomination ... The Puritan hated bearbaiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, ..."

2. English Garner: Ingatherings from Our History & Literature by Edward Arber (1896)
"... they durst not pass by towards Paul's Wharf, lest they should be espied : and therefore entreated the Secretary to go with them to the bearbaiting; ..."

3. The History of England from the Accession of James the Second by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay, Hannah More Macaulay Trevelyan (1858)
"But bearbaiting, then a favourite diversion of high and low, was the abomination ... The Puritan hated bearbaiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, ..."

4. Heroes and Heroines of Fiction: Classical, Mediæval, Legendary; Famous by William Shepard Walsh (1914)
"Cerdon, in Butler's satiric poem, Hudibras, \, 2, the boldest leader of the rabble which overwhelms Sir Hudibras at the bearbaiting. He is said to have been ..."

5. Heroes and Heroines of Fiction: Modern Prose and Poetry by William Shepard Walsh (1914)
"Cerdon, in Butler's satiric poem, Hudibras, i, 2, the boldest leader of the rabble which overwhelms Sir Hudibras at the bearbaiting. He is said to have been ..."

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