in a bad light

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in a bad light

Negatively; under unfavorable circumstances. (Typically used with the verbs "see" or "show," or some similar variation.) I'm flattered that he based a character in his novel on me, but I think I was shown in a bad light. The once-beloved mayor has been seen in a bad light ever since news of his tax-evasion scandal came to public attention.
See also: bad, light

in a good light

In a positive or favorable way. He was angry because the film didn't portray him in a good light. A candidate's policy is important, but it matters more to be seen by voters in a good light.
See also: good, light