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backbiting

[ bak-bahyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF backbiting

Synonyms for backbiting

  • abuse
  • gossip
  • lie
  • slander
  • spite
  • aspersion
  • backstabbing
  • belittlement
  • calumniation
  • calumny
  • cattiness
  • defamation
  • denigration
  • depreciation
  • detraction
  • disparagement
  • invective
  • malice
  • obloquy
  • scandal
  • spitefulness
  • tale
  • traducement
  • vilification
  • vituperation
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Antonyms for backbiting

  • praise
  • encouragement
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BACKBITING

The little settlement was a hot-bed of gossip, backbiting, and slander.

Where does grudge-bearing, backbiting, or uncharitableness come in?

Preciosa was upon trial for misdemeanor, and I for backbiting.

Their life is one round of lying and gossiping, of scolding and backbiting.

Is it possible, then, for backbiting to glide into religious communities?

It is a kind of moral sense, which recoils from detraction and backbiting.

May we always know how to drive away a backbiting tongue with an angry countenance, as the north wind driveth away rain.

He hated any species of backbiting, and he had heard of Burleigh as an adept in the art, and a man to be feared.

This woman was a crackbrained devotee, who spent half her time in going to mass and the other half in backbiting her neighbors.

Poll-talk; backbiting: from the poll of the head: the idea being the same as in backbiting.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, bacbitunge, from back (adj. or n.) + biting. Related: back-bite (v.), early 14c.; back-biter (c.1200).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BACKBITING

aspersion

nounverbal exhibition of bad temper

detraction

nounmisrepresentation; slander
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