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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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