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aspersion

Syllabification: as·per·sion
Pronunciation: /əˈspərZHən
 
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Definition of aspersion in English:

noun

(usually aspersions)
An attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something: I don’t think anyone is casting aspersions on you
More example sentences
  • He said it was unacceptable and outrageous that his integrity had been questioned and aspersions cast on his character.
  • It must be read in context of the earlier exchange and the judge's aspersions on her integrity.
  • They were roundly subjected to insults, smutty comments and had a multitude of aspersions cast about their manhood for the duration of their walk around the town.
Synonyms
vilify, disparage, denigrate, defame, run down, impugn, belittle, criticize, condemn, decry, denounce, pillory;
malign, slander, libel, discredit
informal pull apart, throw mud at, knock, badmouth, dis

Origin

late Middle English (denoting the sprinkling of water, especially at baptism): from Latin aspersio(n-), from aspergere (see asperse).

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