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  • The action of slandering a person without that person's knowledge.
  • 1303 No custummable bakbytyng God.... — Robert Manning of Brune, Handlyng synne
  • 1862 Not given to backbiting. — Anthony Trollope, Orley Farm
  • Describes a person who slanders or speaks badly of a person without that person's knowledge.
  • 1580 Backbiting talk that flattering blabs know wily how to blenge. — Thomas Tusser, A hundreth good pointes of husbandrie
  • 1873 Am I to have a backbiting wife? — Rhoda Broughton, Nancy
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Back"bit`ing (&?;), n. Secret slander; detraction.

Backbiting, and bearing of false witness.
Piers Plowman.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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