backbite

backbite

[bak-bahyt]
verb (used with object), backbit, backbitten or (Informal) backbit; backbiting.
1.
to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present).
verb (used without object), backbit, backbitten or (Informal) backbit; backbiting.
2.
to speak unfavorably or slanderously of a person who is not present.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English; see back1, bite

backbiter, noun


1. belittle, disparage, deprecate; slander, libel, defame.
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backbite (ˈbækˌbaɪt)
 
vb , -bites, -biting, -bit, -bitten, -bit
to talk spitefully about (an absent person)
 
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Backbite definition


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.

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