Definition of speak (or think) ill of in English:

speak (or think) ill of

phrase

  • Say (or think) something critical about (someone).

    • ‘Unless one thinks ill of the woman he married, one can hardly regard this as ‘earned.’’
    • ‘Every one who was looking my way had to be thinking ill of me.’
    • ‘With all the scandals and bad publicity, it's no wonder that right thinking Americans tend to think ill of the beauty contest scene; but I realized in just one afternoon that pageants should be experienced before they are criticized.’
    • ‘Inherited distrust or whatnot of Christianity does not mean that Jews dislike Christians, or think ill of them, or even want them to stop practicing Christianity.’
    • ‘Theirs is only a slightly more sophisticated reading than many other millennialists, who might know Le Monde from the Golden Calf but would think ill of both for speaking French.’
    • ‘Nobody thinks ill of the many long-distance runners who simply did not have the bottle to finish in Athens.’
    • ‘People from the pro-work culture would think ill of themselves for being ‘lazy’ so why should they not think ill of others who are ‘lazy’?’
    • ‘Brown is unusual in contemporary poetry for her willingness to be thought ill of.’
    • ‘He ‘feels bad’ about the torture, and he ‘feels bad’ that people think ill of America, and somehow that all evens things out.’
    • ‘He was a handsome man, too handsome to be thought ill of by anyone, his aloof attitude did only add attractions to his charm.’
    denigrate, disparage, cast aspersions on, criticize, be critical of, speak badly of, speak of with disfavour, be unkind about, be malicious about, be spiteful towards, blacken the name of, blacken the character of, besmirch, run down, insult, abuse, attack, slight, revile, malign, vilify
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