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backbite

[bak-bahyt] /ˈbækˌbaɪt/
verb (used with object), backbit, backbitten or (Informal) backbit; backbiting.
1.
to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present).
verb (used without object), backbit, backbitten or (Informal) backbit; backbiting.
2.
to speak unfavorably or slanderously of a person who is not present.
Origin of backbite
1125-1175
Middle English word dating back to 1125-75; See origin at back1, bite
Related forms
backbiter, noun
Synonyms
1. belittle, disparage, deprecate; slander, libel, defame.
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backbite

/ˈbækˌbaɪt/
verb -bites, -biting, -bit, -bitten, -bit
1.
to talk spitefully about (an absent person)
Derived Forms
backbiter, noun
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