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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
Aspersion is from Latin aspersio, from aspergere, from ad- + spargere, "to scatter, to sprinkle, to strew."