how to pronounce backbite


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backbite is pronounced in two syllables

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meanings of backbite


  1. To make spiteful slanderous or defamatory statements about someone.
  2. To speak badly of an absent individual.
  3. To attack from behind or when out of earshot with spiteful or defamatory remarks.


  1. One who engages in backbiting; a backbiter.

backbite frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word backbite occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics backbite can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that backbite can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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