speak ill of


speak ill of
index censure, complain (criticize), decry, defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), derogate, discommend, dishonor (deprive of honor), disparage, malign, pillory, reproach, sully

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  • speak ill — index defame Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • speak ill of — we never heard him once speak ill of his ex wife Syn: denigrate, disparage, criticize, be critical of, speak badly of, be malicious about, blacken the name of, run down, insult, abuse, attack, revile, malign, vilify, slur; informal badmouth, dis …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • speak ill of — DENIGRATE, disparage, criticize, be critical of, speak badly of, be malicious about, blacken the name of, run down, insult, abuse, attack, revile, malign, vilify; N. Amer. slur; informal bad mouth, bitch about, pull to pieces; Brit. informal… …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak ill of — say bad things about , criticize …   English contemporary dictionary

  • speak ill of someone —    If you speak ill of someone, you say bad or unkind things about them.     He s very loyal man who refuses to speak ill of his colleagues …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • speak ill of somebody — …   Useful english dictionary

  • never speak ill of the dead — Cf. Gr. τὸν τεθνηκότα μὴ κακολογεῖν, speak no evil of the dead (attributed to the Spartan ephor [civil magistrate] Chilon, 6th cent. BC); L. de mortuis nil nisi bonum, say nothing of the dead but what is good. 1540 R. TAVERNER tr. Erasmus’ Flores …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Do Not Speak Ill of the Dead — Infobox Film name = Do Not Speak Ill of the Dead caption = Spanish theatrical release poster. director = Jorge Grau producer = Manuel Pérez, Edmondo Amati writer = Juan Cobos, Sandro Continenza, Marcello Coscia, Miguel Rubio starring = Cristina… …   Wikipedia

  • speak — [ spik ] (past tense spoke [ spouk ] ; past participle spo|ken [ spoukən ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 talk about something or to someone ▸ 2 use voice to talk ▸ 3 talk particular language ▸ 4 give formal speech ▸ 5 express ideas/thoughts ▸ 6 talk on… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • speak — W1S1 [spi:k] v past tense spoke [spəuk US spouk] past participle spoken [ˈspəukən US ˈspou ] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(in conversation)¦ 2¦(say words)¦ 3¦(language)¦ 4¦(formal speech)¦ 5¦(express ideas/opinions)¦ 6 so to speak 7 speak your mind …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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