backbite definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To talk spitefully or slanderously about (another).
    • To wound by clandestine detraction; to censure meanly or spitefully (an absent individual); to slander or speak evil of (one missing).
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To speak spitefully or slanderously about people.
    • To censure or revile the missing.
  • verb:
    • to help make spiteful slanderous or defamatory statements about someone.
    • To strike from behind or when out of earshot.
    • To talk terribly of an absent person.
    • state mean things
  • noun:
    • one that engages in backbiting; a backbiter.
  • others:
    • To injure morally in a manner similar to biting from at the rear of; attack the character or standing of secretly; censure, slander, or speak evil of in absence: seldom with anything as item.
    • To slander or speak evil of absent.

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