aspersion

aspersion

/əˈspəːʃ(ə)n/
noun
usually aspersions
An attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something.

Origin
Late Middle English (denoting the sprinkling of water, especially at baptism): from Latin aspersio(n-), from aspergere (see asperse).

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Casting aspersions is like casting bait in the sense of baiting one’s opponent.

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