to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.
to sprinkle; bespatter.
to spread false rumours about; defame
(rare) to sprinkle, as with water in baptism
late 15c., “to besprinkle,” from Latin aspersus, past participle of aspergere (see aspersion). Meaning “to bespatter someone’s character with rumor and false reports” is recorded from 1610s.
a damaging or derogatory remark or criticism; slander: casting aspersions on a campaign rival. the act of slandering; vilification; defamation; calumniation; derogation: Such vehement aspersions cannot be ignored. the act of sprinkling, as in baptism. Archaic. a shower or spray. Contemporary Examples I suspect that Obama, too—for all his personal angst over the Muslim aspersion—will […]
to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander. to sprinkle; bespatter. Historical Examples Of course the aspersive attitude toward York was that of Mrs. Snograss reflected in Rochambeau. The ghosts of their ancestors Weymer Jay Mills verb (transitive) to spread false rumours about; defame (rare) to sprinkle, as with water in baptism […]
a vessel for holding holy water. . Historical Examples The brush used for sprinkling is an aspergill (aspergillum), or aspersoir, and the vessel for this water an aspersorium. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7 Various And those figures that moved about it, with censor and aspersorium, were as angels for tenderness and dignity […]
aspet American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Historical Examples He named it aspet, after his father’s birthplace, and there he erected two studios and finished his Sherman statue. Artist and Public Kenyon Cox