Definition of backbiting in English:


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


[mass noun]



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  • 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.


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  • 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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