speak slightingly of

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They could exchange their views concerning the Duke of Wellington, whose conduct in the Catholic Question had thrown such an entirely new light on his character; and speak slightingly of his conduct at the battle of Waterloo, which he would never have won if there hadn't been a great many Englishmen at his back, not to speak of Blucher and the Prussians, who, as Mr.
The following year, Oscar Wilde's Miss Prism lamented the tendency of the younger generation to speak slightingly of the three-volume novel.
They were not to use contemptuous or reproachful or abusive language, or to speak slightingly of others, especially behind their backs.