bearbaiting

noun
bear·​bait·​ing | \ ˈber-ˌbā-tiŋ How to pronounce bearbaiting (audio) \

Definition of bearbaiting

: the practice of setting dogs on a chained bear

Examples of bearbaiting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lurking in the bearbaiting plot, too, is a lesson about the cruelty of man’s dominion over nature. Charles Isherwood, New York Times, "Suspending Disbelief in a Savage ‘Endgame’," 30 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of bearbaiting

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bearbaiting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bearbaiting. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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