don't speak ill of the dead

don't speak ill of the dead

It is immoral or objectionable to say malicious or defamatory things about someone who has passed away. A: "Ah, Tom was just a selfish old bigot." B: "Mary! Don't speak ill of the dead!" I know people say don't speak ill of the dead, but we shouldn't forget the misdeeds of those who were once in power, either, lest history repeats itself.
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For instance, we don't speak ill of the dead because they can no longer defend themselves.
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You don't speak ill of the dead. That is a saying common not just among Filipinos but among other peoples as well.