Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wounding at the back or behind one's back; backbiting; injuring surreptitiously: as, “backwounding calumny,”

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Examples

  • I shrugged my shoulders at all these scandals, and asked the talebearers what had been said about Shakespeare to make him rave as he raved again and again against “back-wounding calumny”; and when they persisted in their malicious stories

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • In Measure for Measure, he had Duke Vincentio opine that holders of high office cannot escape unfairly harsh criticism in this life: No might nor greatness in mortality/Can censure scape; back-wounding calumny/The whitest virtue strikes.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • I shrugged my shoulders at all these scandals, and asked the talebearers what had been said about Shakespeare to make him rave as he raved again and again against “back-wounding calumny”; and when they persisted in their malicious stories I could do nothing but show disbelief.

    Oscar Wilde

  • Oh, the influence for good that this venom of the devil has poisoned and ruined, for it has been, truly said, "There is no virtue so white that back-wounding calumny will not strike" -- even in God's perfect man, those who are watching and seeking to betray can find something on which to ground their accusations.

    Godliness : being reports of a series of addresses delivered at James's Hall, London, W. during 1881

  • "back-wounding calumny"; and when they persisted in their malicious stories I could do nothing but show disbelief.

    Oscar Wilde His Life and Confessions

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