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talebearer

[teyl-bair-er] /ˈteɪlˌbɛər ər/
noun
1.
a person who spreads gossip, secrets, etc., that may cause trouble or harm.
Origin of talebearer
1470-1480
1470-80; tale + bearer
Related forms
talebearing, adjective, noun
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  • If any one threatened to tell, the two, sinking their private heat, would immediately band together against the talebearer.

    This Freedom A. S. M. Hutchinson
  • The talebearer had given him an exaggerated account of the interview.

    Flip's "Islands of Providence" Annie Fellows Johnston
  • The words of a talebearer are as it were simple, but they reach to the innermost parts of the belly.

  • A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

  • When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease.

  • May we never suffer a tale to pass our lips; and let us never stand to hearken to a talebearer.

  • Nobody could call him a detractor or a backbiter or a talebearer or a liar.

    Bunyan Characters Alexander Whyte
  • It does not always transpire that we are benefited by the act of the talebearer, but in this case it was highly salutary.

    Trail Tales James David Gillilan
  • If he did these things, was he not a "talebearer" within the meaning of the rule?

  • The dissection of a slanderer's or talebearer's heart would present the most loathsome specimen of morbid anatomy conceivable.

    Conversation Andrew P. Peabody

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