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v. back·bit (-bĭt′), back·bit·ten (-bĭt′n), back·bit·ing, back·bites
To speak spitefully or slanderously about (another).
To speak spitefully or slanderously about a person.

back′bit′er n.
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Noun1.backbiter - one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libelbackbiter - one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
depreciator, detractor, disparager, knocker - one who disparages or belittles the worth of something
References in classic literature ?
So great was it, that in a voice inarticulate with rage, with a stammering tongue, and eyes that flashed living fire, he exclaimed, "Rascally clown, boorish, insolent, and ignorant, ill-spoken, foul-mouthed, impudent backbiter and slanderer
This was an unknown backbiter a quarter of a mile away.
As for the backbiter, as soon as we realise that we are committing this sin, or have committed it, our first duty is to offer tauba (repentance) before Allah and restrain ourselves from this forbidden act.
Unlike the firewood carried by the wife of Abi Lahab, which becomes associated with backbiting with the intention of inciting the flame, the firewood used by the woman in the legend proves her to be the opposite of a backbiter.
Someone with a high IQ who is a backbiter is a disaster for your organization.
Defamation became a serious crime in the late Middle Ages, as Bardsley notes in a reference to a fourteenth-century manual for laypeople, Handlyng Synne, which asserts that the backbiter is responsible for three deaths: his or her own; the target of the backbiting (whose reputation is destroyed); and the person who hears the malevolent speech.
The uncinate process was removed, and the natural maxillary sinus opening was enlarged with a backbiter and microdebrider.
This examination will begin by discussing the earlier Castle of Perseverance and follow with a discussion of the N-Town "Trial" play in an effort to show the impact of the dissident quality of Backbiter's rhetoric--indeed, Backbiter as rhetoric--upon the operations of the plays.
But you can't ignore the world's narcissists, passive-aggressive backbiters, or control freaks.
She's a liar and a cheat and we're gunna prove it to the barristers and the jurors and the backbiters who dragged my name through the mud and who sent a good man to an early grave.
An avuncular figure and notably genial for a man who spends a lot of time dealing with the press, Grimthorpe is straightforward and, in a sport not short of backbiters, genuinely popular across a wide spectrum of folk.
Perhaps the general public would presume scouts are backbiters because they are all chasing so few kids of talent but that certainly wasn't the case with Jack.