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Related to aspersion: cast aspersions
a. A false or damaging accusation or insinuation: Don't cast aspersions on my honesty.
b. The act of slandering or libeling; defaming.
2. A sprinkling, especially with holy water.
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1. a disparaging or malicious remark; slanderous accusation (esp in the phrase cast aspersions (on))
2. the act of defaming
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) rare the act of sprinkling, esp of water in baptism
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as•per•sion(əˈspɜr ʒən, -ʃən)
1. a damaging or derogatory remark: casting aspersions on a rival.
2. the act of slandering; defamation; calumniation.
3. the act of sprinkling with water, as in baptism.
[1545–55; (< Middle French) < Latin]
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|Noun||1.||aspersion - a disparaging remark; "in the 19th century any reference to female sexuality was considered a vile aspersion"; "it is difficult for a woman to understand a man's sensitivity to any slur on his virility"|
depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
|2.||aspersion - an abusive attack on a person's character or good name|
attack - strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"
|3.||aspersion - the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare)|
baptism - a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth; "most churches baptize infants but some insist on adult baptism"
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noun slander, abuse, smear, censure, slur, reproach, defamation, vilification, denigration, calumny, character assassination, disparagement, vituperation, obloquy, detraction, traducement He has flatly denied casting aspersions on the star's character.
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aspersion[əsˈpɜːʃ/ən] n (frm) → calunnia, maldicenza
to cast aspersions on sth/sb (often hum) → diffamare qc/qn
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