malicious gossip

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Noun1.malicious gossip - disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other peoplemalicious gossip - disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
scuttlebutt, gossip, comment - a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people; "the divorce caused much gossip"
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Hardyman's approaching marriage had been made the topic of much malicious gossip, and Isabel's character had, as usual in such cases, become the object of all the false reports that scandal could invent.
Some stupid b up at Swords Garda station [an Irish police station] decided she'd like to throw a bit of false and malicious gossip about is all.
It angers me that every time some malicious gossip has to be spread people meaninglessly drag Kangana into their stupid machinations.
10 238m Harlow Tuesday Sprint 1 O Briens Hawk (R W Butler, CPark) 2 Talltrees Lady (T Batchelor) 3 Crokers Oscar (P W Young, Romfd) 4 Malicious Gossip (m) (P Mingay, Towc) 5 Lemon Diamond (m) (R S Griffin, CPark) 6 Ballymac Spector (w) J R Daly, Pbrgh) 20.
8 Someone at work is spreading malicious gossip about a colleague he feels threatened by.
Bryant's masculine style and assertiveness fueled malicious gossip about the romantic friendships she formed with other women.
The 81 homilies, about two pages each, reflect on matters from malicious gossip to loving our neighbor, that money is useful but greed kills, meeting Jesus with our defenses down, and martyrs who pay for our sins.
It also urged media outlets to seek accuracy and credibility when reporting and dismiss such rumors and malicious gossip.
Francis has listed 15 charges, including hypocrisy, a thirst for power at all costs, and malicious gossip about colleagues.
The temple committee had accused a 'minority' of 'deliberately disrupting religious services, misrepresenting facts and spreading malicious gossip.
Henry VIII believed the malicious gossip about Anne Boleyn and court musician Mark Smeaton.
Take no part in malicious gossip and steer clear of a person who always brings out the worst in others.