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Monday, May 08, 2006

Definitions for aspersion

  1. A damaging or derogatory remark; slander.
  2. The act of defaming or slandering.
  3. A sprinkling with water, especially in religious ceremonies.

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Citations for aspersion
Orley had once been forced to resign from a local men's club for casting aspersions on the character of another member's wife. Thomas A. Underwood, Allen Tate: Orphan of the South
Its meetings were fiercely argumentative; members seemed to love nothing better than to cast aspersions on each other's intellect and class loyalty. Glenn Frankel, Rivonia's Children
Origin of aspersion
1545-1555
Aspersion is from Latin aspersio, from aspergere, from ad- + spargere, "to scatter, to sprinkle, to strew."