Backbite definitions

băk'bīt'
To speak spitefully or slanderously about (another).
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To speak spitefully or slanderously about a person.
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To speak maliciously about (an absent person); slander.
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The definition of backbite is to say mean or slanderous things about someone else.

An example of backbite is for a political candidate to say harmful things about the character of his opponents.

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To make spiteful slanderous or defamatory statements about someone.
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(informal) To attack from behind or when out of earshot with spiteful or defamatory remarks.
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One who engages in backbiting; a backbiter.
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To speak badly of an absent individual.
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Origin of backbite

From Middle English bakbiten, bacbiten, equivalent to back +‎ bite. Cognate with Icelandic bakbíta (“to backbite, vilify”).