aspersion

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From Latin aspersio (sprinkling).

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aspersion (plural aspersions)

  1. An attack on somebody's reputation or good name, often in the phrase to cast aspersions upon….
  2. A sprinkling of holy water.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 4 scene 1
      If thou dost break her virgin knot before
      All sanctimonious ceremonies may
      With full and holy rite be minister'd,
      No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall
      To make this contract grow; but barren hate [...]

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