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tale +‎ bearing


talebearing (plural talebearings)

  1. Spreading gossip or rumor.
    • 1973, Taya Zinkin, Weeds grow fast‎, page 30:
      waiting to be in her presence to burst into the tears with which he delivered endless, and sometimes even untrue, talebearings
    • 1979, Bernhard Häring, Free and Faithful in Christ: General moral theology‎, page 94:
      The damage done by calumny, detraction, and talebearing can frequently not be repaired.
    • 2003, Avraham Steinberg, Encyclopedia of Jewish medical ethics, page 229:
      By talebearing, a person may actually violate seventeen negative Biblical precepts, fourteen positive precepts and incur three curses