Definition of backbiting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbakbʌɪtɪŋ/


[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.



Pronunciation: /ˈbakbʌɪt/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈbakbʌɪtə/
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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