Definition of speak evil of in English:

speak evil of


  • Slander.

    ‘it is a sin to speak evil of the king’
    • ‘And no one who does anything good, anything wondrous, or a deed of power will be able to soon afterward to speak evil of me.’
    • ‘Those who have the least will have the best chance to flourish in an environment free from daily assault by employers and occupying forces, neighbors and those who speak evil of them.’
    • ‘This last example was a particularly sensitive one for Luther, who took the time to explain to his congregation why he could speak evil of the pope and not break this commandment - he did it by virtue of his office as teacher of the church!’
    • ‘I, too, shamelessly spoke evil of people behind their backs.’
    • ‘But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in My Name, that can lightly speak evil of Me.’
    • ‘The world could speak evil of Him and it would not shake your confidence in Him, in the least!’
    • ‘Second, Paul suggests that believers in this revitalization movement should act toward others with courtesy, concern, and kindness to avoid quarreling and speaking evil of them.’
    • ‘Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.’
    • ‘Everyone was in the lounge, still speaking evil of the mysterious guest.’
    • ‘They never spoke evil of each other, and acted civil towards one another, which was an advantage for everyone.’
    disparage, denigrate, defame, run down, revile, berate, belittle, abuse, insult, slight, attack, speak ill of, speak evil of, pour scorn on, cast aspersions on, criticize, censure, condemn, decry, denounce, pillory, lambaste
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