speak of


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speak of

1. Literally, to discuss, mention, or talk about someone or something. We were just speaking of the new intern—what do you think of him? Let's never speak of this again.
2. To be indicative or suggestive of something. The dark, foreboding reds and oranges of the painting speak of the intense violence of the event. I must say, this initiative you've been showing speaks very well of your chances at this company.
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speak of someone or something

 
1. to mention or discuss someone or something. Were we speaking of Judy? I don't recall. We were speaking of the new law.
2. [for a type of behavior or action] to reflect a particular quality. Jeff's behavior spoke of a good upbringing. Her good singing voice speaks of years of training.
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speak of

v.
1. To speak about someone or something: She spoke fondly of her childhood home.
2. To give an indication or suggestion of something: His biography speaks of great loneliness.
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In conjunction with the third point, it seems to follow from this fourth one that, other things being equal, I am more important for my human hearer the less I speak of myself; I am more authoritative the more replaceable I am.
Furthermore, the holding off of saying that it is God who speaks when I speak of my desire and will seems important to our being able to speak about prayer in a straightforward way.
113 speak of angelic instruction of men in applying the natural law, and this is to "illumine" them.
I could not really speak of losing any possessions.
Politicians speak of the crisis of the family as the breakup of the nuclear family.
Thereupon Peter and John answer: "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; [as for us] we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard" (4:18-20).
"Extremists who speak of 'Christians' and 'Muslims' purposely use a religious mask to increase tension," he said.
Should it be lament in which we speak of our difficulties, it does not mean that we are pulling away from God in unbelief.
In a world where we speak of a war on terror and often seem to believe that our security depends on destroying others, CPT seeks to model a different way of doing things.
That surprised me, because you speak of it as if this prohibition really concerns you.
As a pain-filled black woman's body could appear the quintessence of mute powerlessness, we might never expect a suffering black woman to speak of her own experience as a body in pain.
Both protagonist and author speak of themselves and their own agony--not of God and His glory.
In recent years a number of religious thinkers have begun to speak of Mary as the feminine face of God.
But to speak of a feminine dimension of a masculine God is to transfer to infinite, holy mystery the limitations that belong to the created world.
While it is legitimate to speak of God in male terms--men also being made in the image of God--the exclusive use of male images is a distortion and leads almost to idolatry and serves to justify women's subordination.