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cast aspersions


to make damaging or spiteful remarks


I did not intend to cast aspersions on his character.

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1749; Henry Fielding in "Tom Jones"'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • Paddy cast aspersions on this effort, but Don was always very proud of it.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Do you need more than that, you, who cast aspersions on the courage of others?

  • Don't think to bully me or cast aspersions on my political complexion!

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • Our counsel's business was to uphold the will, not to cast aspersions upon it.

  • Would you cast aspersions upon a person's character and treat the matter so lightly?

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
  • She had not only deserted him, but she had cast aspersions upon his character.

    Settling Day Nat Gould
  • Nobody could cast aspersions against her intelligence, either.

  • Your officer has no right to cast aspersions on the New Army, and to conduct his work in a manner calculated to stir hostility.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • It is true that in the early days of the War some sensation-mongers tried to cast aspersions on the Jews.

    The Allied Countries and the Jews Hyman Gerson Enelow

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