backbiter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n backbiter one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Backbiter One who backbites; a secret calumniator or detractor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n backbiter One who slanders, calumniates, or speaks ill of the absent.
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Quotations

  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “Backbite. To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find you.”

Usage

In literature:

There'll never be an end of this backbiting.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
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 Gap" by Charles King
Time has passed, and the backbiters are all in unmarked graves.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
The first thing old Backbite said when he heard of it was, 'H'm!
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
There are some who seem to think that a man must rather enjoy hearing all the low tittle-tattle of envious backbiters.
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
Nothing indeed could be more dull than the life spent by the courtiers, their sole employment appearing to be backbiting each other.
"John Deane of Nottingham" by W.H.G. Kingston
And I wish I could meet any of them venomous backbiters face to face.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
From these though descended our manners are mended, Though still we can grin and backbite!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
The little settlement was a hot-bed of gossip, backbiting, and slander.
"A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I" by Francis Parkman
Preciosa was upon trial for misdemeanor, and I for backbiting.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
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In poetry:

Legs I have got, yet seldom do I walk;
I backbite many, yet I never talk:
In secret places most I seek to hide me,
For he who feeds me never can abide me.
"A Riddle" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Jets' backbiting starts with Tim Tebow.
We knew the New York Jets' backbiting was coming.
Then, out of the blue, after three years of backbiting and seemingly daily financial crisis, the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace on a continent long ravaged by war.
On Wednesday's conference call, their ranks slightly reduced by the election, House Republican leaders presented a united front, a departure from the backbiting of earlier showdowns, the leaders' aides admit.
It is so disappointing to see the people of this great community constantly bickering and backbiting regarding matters which seem insignificant to our longevity and prosperity.
If a moral does emerge from all the backbiting and prevarication in this comedy, it is that true love triumphs.
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