- 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 backbiter
The flatterer, the backbiter, the spy,—these find here a rich soil.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
That's an end to Backbiter, the best horse 'twixt Pedee and the Savannah.Horse-Shoe Robinson
John Pendleton Kennedy
Every one has his opportunity, and this robs the plotter and backbiter of his venom.Socialism and Democracy in Europe
Samuel P. Orth
Nobody could call him a detractor or a backbiter or a talebearer or a liar.Bunyan Characters
There is yet one who is numbered among the asas, but whom some call the backbiter of the asas.The Younger Edda
- to talk spitefully about (an absent person)
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