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aspersion

AH0 S P ER1 ZH AH0 N  :  

Noun
An attack on somebody’s reputation or good name.
[Source: Wiktionary]

a disparaging remark
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare)
[Source: WordNet]

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Often in the phrase to cast aspersions upon….


...I don't want to cast aspersions on him professionally. He might be a faith healer and snake-handler, or he might be a prominent researcher and expert in the field. I have no idea... Link

The Bench, however, clarified that any observation made by the High Court in its order should “not be construed as aspersion on the state CID”,... Link

The call, though timely, casts serious aspersion on the determination of governments to stem the tides that may upend the guarantee of free and fair elections in the country. Link

Ray, I sincerely apologize fo the use of the word “bibliophile”. It means “lover of books”… and I never meant to cast that aspersion upon you. Link

This end-run around the Supreme Court undermines the will of the people of Texas, and casts unfair aspersions on our state's common-sense efforts to preserve the integrity of our elections process. Link

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