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speak (or think) ill of

Definition of speak or think ill of in English:

Say (or think) something critical about.
Example sentences
  • He was a handsome man, too handsome to be thought ill of by anyone, his aloof attitude did only add attractions to his charm.
  • Brown is unusual in contemporary poetry for her willingness to be thought ill of.
  • Unless one thinks ill of the woman he married, one can hardly regard this as ‘earned.’
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, bitch about, talk smack, slag
formal derogate
rare asperse
See parent entry: ill
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