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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

antonyms for backbiting

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  • praise
  • encouragement
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How to use backbiting in a sentence

He hated any species of backbiting, and he had heard of Burleigh as an adept in the art, and a man to be feared.
WARRIOR GAPCHARLES KING
But I cannot bear that a slanderous backbiting tongue should make you think that I have seen no service.
CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?ANTHONY TROLLOPE
To do so is to engage my daughter to sorrow, and hope deferred, and miserable backbiting!
WAS IT RIGHT TO FORGIVE?AMELIA EDITH HUDDLESTON BARR
For those were happy times when backbiting among artists took the more manly form of poisoning.
AN ARTIST'S LETTERS FROM JAPANJOHN LA FARGE
They were much given to gluttony and drinking; and there was an unthinkable amount of scandal and backbiting and jealousy.
SAMUEL THE SEEKERUPTON SINCLAIR
There is no parallel to the prying, tattling, backbiting littleness of the place elsewhere in the world.
VENETIAN LIFEWILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS
It is entitled "Salander," and has for its subject the backbiting dragon sometimes called by similar name.
THE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE, VOLUME 2, NO. 3, FEBRUARY, 1851VARIOUS
A backbiting tongue hath disquieted many; strong cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the houses of great men.
HUMAN NATUREJOSEPH BUTLER
Backbiting may arise from ill-will or thoughtlessness, and slander is the work of baseness and perfidy.
ELEMENTS OF MORALSPAUL JANET
Of reciprocal accommodation they have no idea: backbiting and hidden spitefulness maintain a constant jealousy among them.
WILHELM MEISTER'S APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAVELS, VOL. I (OF 2)JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO BACKBITING

  • abuse
  • animadversion
  • backbiting
  • backhanded compliment
  • black eye
  • calumny
  • defamation
  • detraction
  • dirty dig
  • hit
  • invective
  • knock
  • libel
  • obloquy
  • put down
  • rap
  • slam
  • slander
  • smear
  • vituperation
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.