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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Backbite  \Back"bite`\,  v.  i.  [2nd  back  n.,  +  bite] 
  To  wound  by  clandestine  detraction;  to  censure  meanly  or 
  spitefully  (an  absent  person);  to  slander  or  speak  evil  of 
  (one  absent).  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Backbite  \Back"bite`\,  v.  i. 
  To  censure  or  revile  the  absent. 
 
  They  are  arrant  knaves,  and  will  backbite.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  backbite 
  v  :  say  mean  things  [syn:  {bitch}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Backbite 
  In  Ps  15:3,  the  rendering  of  a  word  which  means  to  run  about 
  tattling,  calumniating;  in  Prov.  25:23,  secret  talebearing  or 
  slandering;  in  Rom.  1:30  and  2  Cor.  12:20,  evil-speaking, 
  maliciously  defaming  the  absent. 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  BACKBITE,  v.t.  To  speak  of  a  man  as  you  find  him  when  he  can't  find 
  you 
 
 




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