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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  • Tokyo says Japan-S.Korea meet a chance to see 'real Abe'
    Tokyo Wednesday hailed the first summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye as a chance for the leaders to build a rapport after more than a year of backbiting. The talks in The Hague were hosted by US President Barack Obama, whose administration is increasingly frustrated by incessant sniping between its two major A Read more on this news related to 'Backbiting'
  • Paul warns US over Russia sanctions
    Former US congressman Ron Paul has warned that imposing sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine will encourage more backbiting between Washington and Moscow. Read more on this news related to 'Backbiting'
  • Japan-S Korea meet a chance to see "real Abe": Tokyo
    Tokyo on Wednesday hailed the first summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye as a chance for the leaders to build a rapport after more than a year of backbiting. Read more on this news related to 'Backbiting'

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