Definition of backbiting in English:

backbiting

Line breaks: back|bit¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈbakbʌɪtɪŋ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
Malicious talk about someone who is not present: members have grown tired of the backbiting in the group [as modifier]: there were backbiting accusations among some sections of the press
More example sentences
  • They never use profane language, bear false witness, engage in slander, gossip or backbiting, or even listen to such debasing talk.
  • There was tremendous in-fighting, factionalism, backbiting, accusations about whose guru was on the highest path and so on.
  • The girls changed agents, changed publishers, and were, as you might expect, subject to a certain amount of backbiting and jealousy among the writing community.
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backbite

verb
More example sentences
  • Instead of attending to their work, your workmen waste their time in gossip and backbiting about you.
  • At this some male chauvinist of the village started feeling worried about her knowledge and activities and started backbiting and accusing her of being a member of a banned outfit.
  • Everyone seems to be plotting and backbiting against everyone else in the local Labour party, which makes identifying the source of the whispering campaign extremely difficult.

backbiter

noun
More example sentences
  • In every sermon he would rail against backbiters, slanderers, hypocrites, perverts, etc.
  • The winners just kept flowing, but growing fame also brought him his share of jealous backbiters, and he acquired the nickname ‘The Tinman’ because of a Piggott-like love of money.
  • She went on to accuse ‘that little band of backbiters that surrounds him’ of undermining the party, her party.

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