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bear

(bâr)
n.
a. Any of various usually omnivorous mammals of the family Ursidae that have a shaggy coat and a short tail and walk with the entire lower surface of the foot touching the ground.
b. Any of various other animals, such as the koala, that resemble a true bear.
(1) A subculture in gay/bisexual male communities with events, codes and culture-specific identity that hinge around a hypermasculine identity
(2) A member of a subculture of gay/bisexual males who is hairy and often bearded. Some bears have embraced transgendered as well as non-gendered individuals

bear

see ursus, brunus edwardii and koala. Species of less legitimate lineage include Pooh, Paddington and Brideshead bears.
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The irony and tragedy of Winkler's story is that the memories that enabled Winkler to bear witness betrayed her fervent wish not to have the physical rape define her as "rape-traumatized and tattooed emotionally.
Gram's narratives are liberating because they are motivated by the need both to bear witness and to heal the mind and recuperate from slavery; and Gram's discourse is open to changing contexts and altered conditions, not monumental or legendary but intimate and therefore "able to reveal newer ways to mean" (Bakhtin 346).
The 138th General Assembly sought to bear witness to Jesus Christ with courage and faith.
To bear witness means being there -- and that's not free.
It further says that they also had been mandated to bear witness to a potential that was, however, not at their disposal, something they painfully experienced when their well-intended attempts to heal failed (Matt 17:14-20; Mk 9:14-29; Lk 9:37-43).
Certain periods in human history demand personal memoirs that bear witness to the disappointments, hope and turmoil of their time, because of how that time stood at the very center of great changes in human history.
There's no more "inexpressible" to bear witness to; it's all been shown already on cable.
so that you may bear witness to them of the genuineness of your faith?
The opening pages of her text juxtapose the extreme right, revisionist views of this state legislator with the pride of a new American who has arrived at the Simon Wiesenthal Center to bear witness to her European roots.
This tradition of peace with justice, of cooperating with God in a mission that seeks the world's healing, prompts the Anglican Church of Canada to bear witness to the struggles of persons, communities, and peoples for a sustainable and peaceable life.