de mortuis nil nisi bonum -> do not speak evil of the dead | never speak ill of the dead | do not speak ill of the dead | speak no ill of the dead | about the dead, nothing unless a good thing

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de mortuis nil nisi bonum -> about the dead, nothing unless a good thing

From de mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est, "nothing must be said about the dead except the good", attributed by Diogenes Laërtius to Chilon. In legal contexts, this quotation is used with the opposite meaning, as defaming a deceased person is not a crime. In other contexts, it refers to taboos against criticizing the recently deceased.

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Never speak ill of the dead

Meaning: Show respect to people who have died by not saying anything bad about them. Since dead people can no longer hurt us, or defend themselves, it is better to forget their bad actions and remember only their good ones.

Note: speak ill of (verb): criticize; speak badly about | the dead (noun): people who have died

Origin: This proverb has been traced back to Chilon of Sparta (6th century BC). The Latin version was "De mortuis nil nisi bonum" ("Of the dead say nothing but good").

http://www.englishclub.com/ref/esl/Sayings/Quizzes/Talking_2/Never_speak_ill_of_the_dead_933.htm



 

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