- 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.
Late Middle English (denoting the sprinkling of water, especially at baptism): from Latin aspersio(n-), from aspergere (see asperse).
To engage in casting aspersions is almost literally mud-slinging. Aspersion originally meant ‘sprinkling water or other liquid on someone’, especially in baptism, and came from Latin spargere ‘to sprinkle’ (the root of disperse (Late Middle English) ‘scatter widely’, and intersperse (mid 16th century) ‘sprinkle between’). Sprinkling a person with water developed into the idea of spattering them with something less pleasant, such as mud or dung. This in turn led to the notion of soiling a person's reputation by making false and damaging insinuations against them. See also slur
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