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Word of the Day 02/09/15 Aspersion

Aspersion (noun)
aspersion [uh-spur-zhuh n, -shuh n]


noun
1. a damaging or derogatory remark or criticism; slander: casting aspersions on a campaign rival.
2. the act of slandering; vilification; defamation; calumniation; derogation: Such vehement aspersions cannot be ignored.
3. the act of sprinkling, as in baptism.
4. Archaic. a shower or spray.

Synonyms
1. censure, reproach.

Origin: 1545-55; (< Middle French) < Latin aspersiōn- (stem of aspersiō) a sprinkling. See asperse, -ion

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