Backbiting

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Backbiting Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Backbiting \Back"bit`ing\, n. Secret slander; detraction. Backbiting, and bearing of false witness. --Piers Plowman.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Backbiting'


Backbiting or tale-bearing is to slander someone in their absence — to bite them behind their back. Originally, backbiting referred to an unsporting attack from the rear in the blood sport of bearbaiting.

In Baha'i, Christian and Islamic doctrine, backbiting is considered a sin. The Baha'i leaders condemned it as the worst of sins as it destroyed the 'life of the soul' and provoked divine wrath.

Backbiting may occur as a form of release after a confrontation. By insulting the opposing person, the backbiter diminishes them and, by doing so, restores their own self-esteem. A bond may also be established with the confidante if they are receptive to the hostile comment. Such gossip is common in human society as people seek to divert blame and establish their place in the dominance hierarchy.

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  • Oh, boo hoo. CISOs get no respect from their C-suite peers
    When it comes to infighting and backbiting, there's no place like the executive suite. It sort of makes you wonder why anyone wants to be there. Read more on this news related to 'Backbiting'
  • Lies, betrayal, war: just the way they like it
    WITH conflicts raging in Gaza and Ukraine, poll jitters at home and backbiting rife in their parties, Britain’s political leaders could be forgiven for wanting to get away from it all. However, a study of their summer reading lists suggests they are planning a busman’s holiday. Read more on this news related to 'Backbiting'
  • Souza Scholarship presents 'How to Succeed in Business'
    CENTRAL VALLEY — Ambition, backbiting, competition, greed, intrigue, adultery, inter-office politics, advertising-campaign missteps, corporate-ladder climbing, office romance, all set against the backdrop of business in the early days of the 1960’s. Read more on this news related to 'Backbiting'

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