aspersion

[uh-spur-zhuhn, -shuhn]
noun
1.
a damaging or derogatory remark or criticism; slander: casting aspersions on a campaign rival.
2.
the act of slandering; vilification; defamation; calumniation; derogation: Such vehement aspersions cannot be ignored.
3.
the act of sprinkling, as in baptism.
4.
Archaic. a shower or spray.

Origin:
1545–55; (< Middle French) < Latin aspersiōn- (stem of aspersiō) a sprinkling. See asperse, -ion

nonaspersion, noun


1. censure, reproach.
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aspersion (əˈspɜːʃən)
 
n
1.  a disparaging or malicious remark; slanderous accusation (esp in the phrase cast aspersions (on))
2.  the act of defaming
3.  rare the act of sprinkling, esp of water in baptism

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aspersion
mid-15c., from L. aspersionem (nom. aspersio), from pp. stem of aspergere "to sprinkle on," from ad- "to" + spargere "sprinkle, strew" (see sparse). In theology, the shedding of Christ's blood. Modern sense of "bespattering with slander" first attested 1590s. To cast aspersions
was in Fielding (1749).
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Example sentences
But please check your own racism before you cast aspersions.
Casting aspersions is one thing but it's really not much if there's no
  alternate scenario that fits the available evidence.
And casting aspersions makes you seem petty and small while making your target
  more sympathetic.
He was calling for reinforcements, not casting aspersions.
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