in a (kind of) light

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in a (kind of) light

Depicted or shown in a particular way, or from a particular perspective (i.e., good, positive, favorable, bad, negative, etc.). He was angry because the film didn't portray him in a favorable light. I'm flattered that he based a character in his novel on me, but I think I was shown in a bad light. A candidate's policies are important, but during an election, it matters more for voters to see them in a good light.
See also: light

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.
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in a good light

Under favorable circumstances, as in They thought he'd make a wonderful mayor, but they'd only seen him in a good light, or The book portrayed their actions in a good light. Both this expression and its antonym, in a bad light, transfer physical light in which something can (or cannot) be seen clearly to figurative use. The literal terms date from the early 1500s.
See also: good, light

in a ˌgood, ˌbad, ˌfavourable, etc. ˈlight

if you see something or put something in a good, bad, etc. light, it seems good, bad, etc: You must not view what happened in a negative light.They want to present their policies in the best possible light.
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