backbite

backbite
1. verb
a) To make spiteful slanderous or defamatory statements about someone.
b) To attack from behind or when out of earshot.
2. noun
One who engages in backbiting; a backbiter.

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  • Backbite — Back bite , v. i. To censure or revile the absent. [1913 Webster] They are arrant knaves, and will backbite. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Backbite — Back bite , v. t. [2d back, n. + bite.] To wound by clandestine detraction; to censure meanly or spitefully (an absent person); to slander or speak evil of (one absent). Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backbite — [bak′bīt΄] vt., vi. backbit [bak′bit΄] backbitten [bak′bit΄ n] or backbit, backbiting [ME bakbiten: see BACK1 & BITE] to speak maliciously about (an absent person); slander backbiter [bak′bīt΄ər] n …   English World dictionary

  • backbite — verb ( bit; bitten; biting) Date: 12th century transitive verb to say mean or spiteful things about (as one not present) intransitive verb to backbite a person • backbiter noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • backbite — backbiter, n. /bak buyt /, v., backbit, backbitten or (Informal) backbit; backbiting. v.t. 1. to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present). v.i. 2. to speak unfavorably or slanderously of a person who is not present.… …   Universalium

  • Backbite —    In Ps. 15:3, the rendering of a word which means to run about tattling, calumniating; in Prov. 25:23, secret talebearing or slandering; in Rom. 1:30 and 2 Cor. 12:20, evil speaking, maliciously defaming the absent …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • backbite — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. attack, revile. See detraction. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. slander, malign, *backstab, defame, vilify, gossip, smear, *badmouth, *dump on, *tell tales out of school. III (Roget s Thesaurus II)… …   English dictionary for students

  • backbite — v. a. Pol. S. 157. pret. ‘backbate.’ Ps. xxxvii. 21 …   Oldest English Words

  • backbite — back·bite || bækbaɪt v. slander one who is not present, gossip, disparage, libel …   English contemporary dictionary

  • backbite — v. a. Defame, traduce, malign, slander, revile, calumniate, libel, asperse, vilify, blacken, abuse, scandalize, speak ill of …   New dictionary of synonyms

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