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  • noun Plural form of backbiting.


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  • I stand therefore in high favor with both parties, and have to hear all their cabinet councils and mutual backbitings.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • He never had been; a spaceman was necessarily a gentle, introverted sort, unable to cope with the backbitings and intrigues of office politics.

    The Long Way Home

  • Sultan Salàh has had twelve wives in his day, and he assured us that their dissensions and backbitings had made him grow old before his time; his looking so old must be put down to the cares of polygamy.

    Southern Arabia

  • When he comes, he arouses suspicions, he stirs up strife, he quenches the spirit of intercessory prayer, he engenders backbitings, and causes separations.

    When the Holy Ghost is Come

  • God for their salvation, he thus continued: "I hear that there are quarrels and backbitings among you, and that some even seek the lives of others; all this proceeds from your not knowing the Saviour."

    The Moravians in Labrador

  • The trials and tribulations of the literary life, its feuds and its backbitings are a common topic of conversation.

    Youth and Egolatry

  • I have always been opposed to journalistic backbitings.

    Success A Novel

  • Somehow the sudden lapses of respected people, odd indecorums, backbitings, bigamies, embezzlements, and attempted chastities -- the surprising leaps they make now and then out of propriety into the police-courts -- somehow news-items of this kind do not altogether -- how shall I put it?

    More Trivia

  • There were numerous little carpings, backbitings, and hypocrisies during the evening, and they reached a climax when Betty said, "Lord Bobbie is coming to-night, my dear."

    The Christian A Story

  • All I fear is, that these continued backbitings, if listened to by her, will, by and by, produce a feeling of distrust or regret, which will lead to unpleasant results.

    Life of Hon. Phineas T. Barnum


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