speak against

Also found in: Idioms.
Related to speak against: in turn, run by, fall short, in midst, refer to, proceed with

w>speak against

vi +prep obj (in debate) → sprechen gegen, sich aussprechen gegen; (= criticize)etwas sagen gegen, kritisieren
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Now of those principles on which the Carthaginians have established their mixed form of government, composed of an aristocracy and democracy, some incline to produce a democracy, others an oligarchy: for instance, if the kings and the senate are unanimous upon any point in debate, they can choose whether they will bring it before the people or no; but if they disagree, it is to these they must appeal, who are not only to hear what has been approved of by the senate, but are finally to determine upon it; and whosoever chooses it, has a right to speak against any matter whatsoever that may be proposed, which is not permitted in other cases.
"Don't speak against him--he is absent!" she cried in much excitement.
I was brave that day, because they were burning my house, and there are a hundred, and even a thousand, to speak against one, that if those gentlemen of the riots had not formed that unlucky idea, their plan of attack would have succeeded, or, at least, it would not have been I who would have opposed myself to it.
He then called for his horses, drove to the Chamber, and inscribed his name to speak against the budget.
And then such a number of circumstances have happened bad for him, and such a number of people will be brought forward to speak against him, and Bucket is so deep."
Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], July 7 (ANI): Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday appealed to party leaders and activists not to speak against the alliance government, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy or JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda.
Recounting Justice Isa's services to the nation, the SCBA president said that the SC judge had 'exposed' terrorism and 'people who do not speak against terrorists are facilitators of terrorism'.
Minister says it has become a trend to speak against the army
'Joining the parliament would be better option for the BNP to speak against the government," Nasim, also the 14-party spokesperson, said.
It may not be a popular opinion for the Church to speak against Her critics, but we have to remember that the Church is never called to popularity but to faithfulness.
One should not only speak against injustice, but also stand against it.