- to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present).
- to speak unfavorably or slanderously of a person who is not present.
Origin of backbite
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1. belittle, disparage, deprecate; slander, libel, defame.
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Examples from the Web for backbite
The first thing old Backbite said when he heard of it was, 'H'm!Marion's Faith.
They who were most benefited are often the first to most loudly complain and to backbite.The Toilers of the Field
Besides, the way people gossip and backbite is the very devil!Three Comedies
Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
To backbite is to speak something secretly to one's injury; to calumniate is to invent as well as utter the injurious charge.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
I am sorry to be obliged to backbite, but really and truly we dont like Mrs. De Lancey Smythe.The Automobile Girls at Palm Beach
Laura Dent Crane
- to talk spitefully about (an absent person)
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