malicious gossip


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
See: scandal
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Upper-level administrators should ensure that their agencies maintain a zero-tolerance policy that clearly prohibits unnecessary criticism and disparaging comments, as well as malicious gossip, rumors, and other disinformation.
It may be something sinful: drinking too much, bullying, malicious gossip.
It found that gay men are likely to have higher levels of empathy than straight men but also revealed that sexual orientation had no bearing on indirect aggression, such as spreading malicious gossip.
More neighbors became involved and the original children's quarrel was forgotten in malicious gossip and arguments over respectability.
Recent evidence suggests that Edward may have been the victim of malicious gossip (as Andrew Lumsden contends).
Do nothing and it fills with rumors and malicious gossip.
Behaviors that create a hostile work environment, such as rudeness, discourtesy, malicious gossip and shunning, are prohibited.
Ironically, the malicious gossip about Cornbury survives the author's best intentions, and will spread more widely through her channing exposition.
Leonora's misanthropy - a deliberate inversion of a traditional misogyny - is mitigated only late in the second day, after Adriana, who has been chosen queen of the company, reminds her that time is running out, that since she is still a "slip of a girl," she can (or ought to) try "to seek out a worthy and charming companion for herself, with whom she can lead a long and happy life - if only to avoid the risk of giving occasion for malicious gossip and slander" (259).
Unless you, or someone dear to you, has been the victim of terrible physical violence, chances are the worst pains you have suffered in life have come from words used cruelly--from ego-destroying criticism, excessive anger, sarcasm, public and/or private humiliation, hurtful nicknames, betrayal of secrets, rumors, and malicious gossip.
According to Pindar, however, the sea god Poseidon loved Pelops and took him to heaven; the ghastly feast was merely malicious gossip to account for his disappearance.
Lady Sneerwell and a group of friends meet often at her house for the purpose of creating and spreading malicious gossip.