bullfighting

noun
bull·​fight·​ing | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌfī-tiŋ also ˈbəl- How to pronounce bullfighting (audio) \

Definition of bullfighting

: the action involved in a bullfight

Examples of bullfighting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As his bullfighting career wound down, Franklin managed a cafe in Seville. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "The life of gay, Jewish bullfighter Sidney Franklin remembered," 4 June 2019 Alvarez, 46, however, was caught off guard in the bullfighting plaza by the stray animal, who came charging at him and aggressively drove its horn into the California native’s neck and cheek. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "American Gored in the Neck During Running of the Bulls Tried to Take a Selfie with the 6-Ton Animal," 8 July 2019 Vox, which defends Spanish traditions such as bullfighting, advocates the repeal of laws against domestic violence and promises an immigration crackdown, has risen to about 10% in national opinion polls. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Spain Is Pushed Closer to Snap Elections by Trial of Catalan Separatists," 12 Feb. 2019 Padilla is one of Spain’s most famous matadors and he has been rewarded and praised for his bullfighting skills. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Famous one-eyed matador scalped by bull in gory video," 10 July 2018 The years of bullfighting, however, have taken a toll on his body. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Famous one-eyed matador scalped by bull in gory video," 10 July 2018 In 2010, Catalonia, an autonomous region in northeastern Spain, banned bullfighting. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "Running of the bulls faces backlash from women and animal rights groups," 6 July 2018 Juan Jose Padilla, 45, was in the bullfighting ring in the Spanish city of Arevalo when the bull came charging toward him. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Famous one-eyed matador scalped by bull in gory video," 10 July 2018 Millions flock to Pamplona each year for bull racing and bullfighting at festivals throughout the summer. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "Running of the bulls faces backlash from women and animal rights groups," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of bullfighting

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

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“Bullfighting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullfighting. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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