back|bit|ing [ˈbækbaıtıŋ] n [U]
unpleasant or cruel talk about someone who is not present
All this backbiting is destroying company morale.

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  • backbiting — [n] hateful talk abuse, aspersion, backstabbing*, belittlement, calumniation, calumny, cattiness, defamation, denigration, depreciation, detraction, disparagement, gossip, invective, lie, malice, obloquy, scandal, slander, spite, spitefulness,… …   New thesaurus

  • backbiting — ► NOUN ▪ malicious talk about an absent person …   English terms dictionary

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  • backbiting — 1. noun The action of slandering a person without that persons knowledge. No custummable bakbytyng God.... 2. adjective A person who slanders or speaks badly of a person without that persons knowledge. Backbiting talk that flattering blabs know… …   Wiktionary

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  • backbiting — noun the backbiting between Democrats and Republicans has become tiresome Syn: malicious talk, spiteful talk, slander, libel, defamation, abuse, character assassination, disparagement, denigration, vilification, vituperation, calumny; slurs,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

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