- An attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something: I don’t think anyone is casting aspersions on youMore example sentences
vilification, disparagement, denigration, defamation, defamation of character, abuse, vituperation, condemnation, criticism, censure, castigation, denunciation, flak, deprecation, opprobrium, obloquy, derogation, slander, revilement, reviling, calumny, calumniation, slurs, smears, execration, excoriation, lambasting, upbraiding, bad press, character assassination, attack, invective, libel, insults, slights, curses• archaic contumelyvilify, disparage, denigrate, defame, run down, impugn, revile, berate, belittle, abuse, insult, slight, attack, speak badly of, speak ill of, speak evil of, pour scorn on, criticize, censure, condemn, decry, denounce, pillory, lambaste; fulminate against, rail against, inveigh against, malign, slander, libel, conduct a smear campaign against, spread lies about, blacken the name/reputation of, sully the reputation of, give someone a bad name, bring into disrepute, discredit, stigmatize, traduce, calumniate, slur• informal bad-mouth, do a hatchet job on, take to pieces, pull apart, throw mud at, drag through the mud, slate, have a go at, hit out at, jump on, lay into, tear into, knock, slam, pan, bash, hammer, roast, skewer, bad-mouth, throw brickbats atAustralian/New Zealand • informal bag, monster• archaic contemn
- 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.
- The 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).
More definitions of aspersionDefinition of aspersion in:
- The US English dictionary