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 for backbite
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Backbite \Back"bite`\, v. t. [2d back, n. + bite.]
     To wound by clandestine detraction; to censure meanly or
     spitefully (an absent person); to slander or speak evil of
     (one absent). --Spenser.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Backbite \Back"bite`\, v. i.
     To censure or revile the absent.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           They are arrant knaves, and will backbite. --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  backbite
      v 1: say mean things [syn: backbite, bitch]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Backbite
     In Ps. 15:3, the rendering of a word which means to run about
     tattling, calumniating; in Prov. 25:23, secret talebearing or
     slandering; in Rom. 1:30 and 2 Cor. 12:20, evil-speaking,
     maliciously defaming the absent.
     

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  BACKBITE, v.t.  To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find
  you.
  

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