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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
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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!
"Who biled the salt bait fer soup?" This was an unknown backbiter a quarter of a mile away.
When they enter, Mary and Joseph immediately become the most complex characters in a world that is otherwise nearly two dimensional in its structure; they are surrounded by stock figures like Backbiter and Raise Slander, sarcastic gossipers whose accusations of infidelity might be reasonable for any other female character, but not Mary.
Rascally clown, boorish, insolent, and ignorant, ill-spoke, foul-mouthed, impudent backbiter and slanderer!
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.
However, the women here are revealed to be "made for nobler emotions" for although they are the ones who literally carry the firewood, they do not use it to "feed unholy rage with fiercer fuel." 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. For rather than doing harm, she comes up with a strategy that is particularly pacific as it actually saves the men from being devoured by their own fires.
"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.
The Protestants still rule Northern Ireland, Noel Coward did not buy Ian Fleming's house in Jamaica, the hotel in Denver is called the Brown Palace, the town in Los Angeles is Venice, the gentlemanly Lionel Trilling was not a "backbiter," the London Times is published daily, and David Sylvester began publishing his interviews with Bacon in 1963 (not 1993).
The committee then launched a public campaign to highlight the shortcomings of the BMIL and, as a result, there was a spate of references to the Institute's debts, the popularity of billiards and other forms of nonliterary entertainment, and the prevalence of book thefts from the library.[19] Naturally, this negative publicity campaign did not go unanswered, and at various times members of the fledgling City of Ballaarat Free Library committee were said to be `political tools' and `lying scoundrels' and one unnamed committee man was described as `an unmanly backbiter'.[20]