Definition of bear-baiting in English:



mass nounhistorical
  • A form of entertainment which involved setting dogs to attack a captive bear.

    • ‘Humanitarians and Evangelicals sought to abolish pastimes such as cock-fighting and bear-baiting.’
    • ‘He was interested in social transformation, was anti-slavery, against bear-baiting and badger fighting - he was even relatively pro-women's rights.’
    • ‘With bear-baiting, the bear is chained to a pole and the spectators are locked in the Bear Garden ostensibly for their own protection.’
    • ‘They made bear-baiting illegal for the pleasure it gave to the spectators.’
    • ‘How long before we accept bear-baiting and cock-fighting because it's accepted by certain cultures?’
    • ‘Amid the federal election's accusations and recriminations, snake bites and bear-baiting, a bit of mirth did manage to sneak in.’
    • ‘Without such ‘interference’ down the ages we'd be now living in a society that celebrates bear-baiting, cock-fighting and organised dog fights.’
    • ‘Gorboduc was doing poor business at The Globe, and people were obsessed with cock-fighting and bear-baiting and didn't give a fig for the live theatre.’
    • ‘Southwark has long been the dark side of London, with the southern banks of the Thames home to brothels, bear-baiting and some bloke called William Shakespeare.’
    • ‘The Left are true descendants of Cromwell's Puritans and their attitude to bear-baiting.’
    • ‘Some say that it is nearer to bear-baiting than your actual sport and, I am forced to admit, sometimes blood has been drawn.’
    • ‘By the time of Elizabeth's death in 1603, Tudor England still had bear-baiting, cock-fighting and what were known as bear-gardens.’
    • ‘Since bear-baiting was abolished they've all gone.’
    • ‘If the right to hunt foxes is a question of civil liberties, so is the right to organise bear-baiting and cockfights.’
    • ‘For English readers, the depictions of the explicit cruelty of forced animal against animal combat may also have been reminiscent of accounts of English bear-baiting and added an element of class bias.’
    • ‘The council should be aware that enunciating this name has become a pub sport, alongside bar billiards, pool, darts, bear-baiting, dominos and international cricket.’
    • ‘Between April and October, the town crier issues a daily proclamation at the High Cross, where in bygone times you would have found bear-baiting, stocks and a whipping post.’
    • ‘These appear to be a 21st century version of bear-baiting.’
    • ‘Can we have dog-fighting and bear-baiting back please?’
    • ‘It has got to be as terrific for the emotional growth of Britain's young people as, say, bear-baiting was for the Elizabethans.’