aspersion

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.

Primary Meanings of aspersion

1.
n
a disparaging remark
2.
n
the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare)
Full Definitions of aspersion
1

n a disparaging remark

“in the 19th century any reference to female sexuality was considered a vile aspersion
Synonyms:
slur
Types:
ethnic slur
a slur on someone's race or language
Type of:
depreciation, derogation, disparagement
a communication that belittles somebody or something

n an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

Synonyms:
calumny, defamation, denigration, slander
Type of:
attack
strong criticism
2

n the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare)

Synonyms:
sprinkling
Type of:
baptism
a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

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