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She evidently regarded the statement as an aspersion upon myself.

But think not that I ever had any idea of casting an aspersion on you.

Carrie felt this to contain, in some way, an aspersion upon her ability.

Mrs. Ercott smiled, and made no answer to an aspersion she had heard before.

But of this aspersion he was fully cleared, by the confession of the real father.

We must all combat with force such an aspersion on our Legislature.

"You call 'em hole-proof socks," said Skippy, ignoring the aspersion.

Now, that is an aspersion upon Lobengula and Samory in particular.

No aspersion in this case is cast on the doings of the nuns.

The only satirical remark I was ever guilty of, was extorted by an aspersion of this kind.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., from Latin aspersionem (nominative aspersio) "a sprinkling," noun of action from past participle stem of aspergere "to sprinkle on," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + spargere "sprinkle, strew" (see sparse). Originally in theology, the shedding of Christ's blood. Modern sense of "bespattering with slander" first attested 1590s. To cast aspersions was in Fielding (1749).

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