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Meaning of ASPERSION

Pronunciation:  u'spurzhun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare)
  2. [n]  an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
  3. [n]  a disparaging remark
 

ASPERSION is a 9 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: calumny, defamation, denigration, slander, slur, sprinkling
 
 See Also: attack, baptism, depreciation, derogation, disparagement

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\As*per"sion\, n. [L. aspersio, fr. aspergere: cf. F.
aspersion.]
1. A sprinkling, as with water or dust, in a literal sense.

         Behold an immersion, not and aspersion. --Jer.
                                               Taylor.

2. The spreading of calumniations reports or charges which
   tarnish reputation, like the bespattering of a body with
   foul water; calumny.

         Every candid critic would be ashamed to cast
         wholesale aspersions on the entire body of
         professional teachers.                --Grote.

         Who would by base aspersions blot thy virtue.
                                               --Dryden.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: abuse, adverse criticism, affront, affusion, agape, allegation, animadversion, aspergation, asperges, atrocity, auricular confession, backbiting, bad notices, bad press, baptism, baptismal gown, baptismal regeneration, baptistery, baptizement, bar mitzvah, bas mitzvah, brickbat, calumny, captiousness, carping, cavil, caviling, celebration, censoriousness, chrismal, christening, circumcision, confession, confirmation, contempt, contumely, criticism, cut, defamation, despite, detraction, disparagement, dump, enormity, exception, faultfinding, flak, flout, flouting, font, gibe, hairsplitting, high celebration, hit, home thrust, hostile criticism, humiliation, hypercriticalness, hypercriticism, immersion, imputation, incense, indignity, infusion, injury, innuendo, insinuation, insult, invective, invocation, invocation of saints, jeer, jeering, kiss of peace, knock, lampoon, lesser litany, libel, litany, love feast, lustration, mock, mockery, muck, nagging, niggle, niggling, nit, nit-picking, obloquy, offense, outrage, overcriticalness, pasquinade, pax, personal remark, personality, pestering, pettifogging, priggishness, processional, put-down, quibble, quibbling, rap, reciting the rosary, reflection, reproachfulness, scandal, scoff, scurrility, skit, slam, slander, slur, sly suggestion, sprinkling, squib, stricture, suggestion, swipe, taking exception, taunt, telling of beads, the confessional, the confessionary, total immersion, trichoschistism, uncomplimentary remark, vituperation, whispering campaign
 

 

 

 

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