Never speak ill of the dead

Never speak ill of the dead.

Prov. You should not say bad things about dead people. Your Uncle Phil had a lot of faults, but there's no reason to talk about them now that he's gone. Never speak ill of the dead. I hate to speak ill of the dead, but Amy was a mean woman, God rest her soul.
See also: dead, ill, never, of, speak
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Wearing a mourning veil, the rapper said she was dressed for a funeral and her grandmother told her to never speak ill of the dead.
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Given that you should never speak ill of the dead, let us conclude that Ezzoud was merely misunderstood.