aspersion aspersion  /ə ˈspɜr ʒən/


  1. (n) an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
  2. (n) a disparaging remark
  3. (n) the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare)


  1. This baseless statement casts a most serious aspersion upon the venerable and distinguished religious leader.
  2. There is a growing movement among celebrities to hold gossip magazines accountable for their reckless aspersions.
  3. The local mayor declared all his assets on the Internet and successfully disproved the aspersions cast by his political rivals.


  • Criticism of cartoon misdirected

    I hate to cast aspersion on some letter writers, but how is a political cartoon clearly meant as a c
    on January 30, 2014     Source: Belleville News-Democrat


  1. "I wouldn't throw any aspersion on Sacramento at all," Jackson said. "Look at our surroundings that we have around us and you can just feel the ambivalence of the town. And I'm glad that they are supporting their Sacramento team, and...
    on Jan 5, 2007 By: Phil Jackson Source: Press-Enterprise

  2. "I want to congratulate the opposition for its lively imagination. The only thing they do is commit defamation and aspersion," ErdoÄŸan said. "Which part of the draft law mentions Israeli companies? Do you think there are only Israelis who...
    on Jun 2, 2009 By: Recep Tayyip Erdogan Source: Hürriyet

  3. "If there is an aspersion being cast that there's two per cent of players that come up with positive tests, I don't see why 98 per cent of players should have to worry about what they do during their eight weeks off if they're not offending,"...
    on May 19, 2004 By: Grant Thomas Source: ABC Online

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