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English definition of “backbiting”

backbiting

noun [U]     /ˈbækˌbaɪ.tɪŋ/ US  /-t̬ɪŋ/
unpleasant and unkind words that are said about someone who is not there: A lot of backbiting goes on in our office.Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseRemarks and remarkingExpressing and asking opinions
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