An aspersion is a disparaging remark. It almost invariably appears as a plural, following the word "cast" — when you cast aspersions on someone, you are questioning their abilities or doubting them.

Finding out that a field-hockey coach had never played the sport might cast aspersions on her ability to coach it. Wendy's ads don't come out and say that McDonald's hamburgers are made out of cardboard, but through shot after shot of their own thick and juicy and oddly square offering, they cast aspersions on the quarter-pounder.

Definitions of aspersion
  1. noun
    a disparaging remark
    synonyms: slur
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    ethnic slur
    a slur on someone's race or language
    type of:
    depreciation, derogation, disparagement
    a communication that belittles somebody or something
  2. noun
    an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
    synonyms: calumny, defamation, denigration, slander
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    type of:
    strong criticism
  3. noun
    the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare)
    synonyms: sprinkling
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    type of:
    a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth
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