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aspersion


I resent the aspersion cast on my integrity.
  a verbal attack on a person’s character or good name
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Strongly Associated with:   asperity
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Often used in the form "cast aspersions on".
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  • I resent the aspersion cast on my integrity.
  • I do not mean to cast aspersions on the intent of our colleagues from the other party, but they are misinformed regarding the cost of this program.
  • The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character.
    George Santayana
  • Because he is casting aspersions on you .
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family

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  • "It’s not at all from friendship," declared Nicholas, flaring up and turning away as if from a shameful aspersion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Elsewhere in this volume the slanderous aspersion has been disproved, that the vocation of whaling is throughout a slatternly, untidy business.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • They vindicated him against the base aspersion.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Peggotty seemed to take this aspersion very much to heart, I thought.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He had been so sure his parents were wonderful people that he had never had the slightest difficulty in disbelieving the aspersions Snape cast on his father’s character.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • That woman, or vulture might be a more accurate term, positively pestered me to talk to her, I am ashamed to say that I became rather rude, called her an interfering trout, which resulted, as you my have seen, in aspersions cast upon my sanity.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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  • Carrie felt this to contain, in some way, an aspersion upon her ability.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The son knew that it was not, who would have been first to fight the aspersion were it to come from another: that there was delicacy of behavior and thought in the old man.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • And while you can lead, can you also obey orders? I cast no aspersions on your character, Roran, but the fate of Alagaesia is at stake, and I cannot risk putting someone incompetent in charge of my men.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • I am not sure how to question her, without casting aspersions on the veracity of what she has set down.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • After the marriage came the wedding feast King Pellinore and his Queen—who had stood hand in hand throughout the previous ceremony, with St Toirdealbhach and Mother Morlan behind them, quite dazzled with candlelight and incense and aspersion—were propped up in the place of honour and served by Arthur himself on bended knee.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I rose to the defense of my country while casting aspersions on Moody’s.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The continuing aspersions cast on her character were such that both Winnie and I were eager for her to have her day in court and prove her innocence of the charges.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It hurts my feelings when a very ugly human being like yourself casts aspersions on my heritage.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Then, as my gift and thine own acquisition Worthily purchas’d, take my daughter: but 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, Sour-ey’d disdain, and discord, shall bestrew The union of your bed with weeds so loathly That you shall hate it both: therefore take heed, As Hymen’s lamps shall light you.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • He affected to be jealous:—he may, for aught I know, be inclined enough to jealousy in his natural temper; nay, he must have had it from nature, or the devil must have put it into his head; for I defy all the world to cast a just aspersion on my character: nay, the most scandalous tongues have never dared censure my reputation.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Bulstrode, it is not desirable, I think, to prolong the present discussion," said Mr. Thesiger, turning to the pallid trembling man; "I must so far concur with what has fallen from Mr. Hawley in expression of a general feeling, as to think it due to your Christian profession that you should clear yourself, if possible, from unhappy aspersions.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He did not like that text; it seemed to cast an aspersion on himself.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • They cast aspersions upon the probity of those who authorized incarnation.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • 5 Have these Papers vindicated the Constitution from the aspersions thrown on it?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • It is simply another fact that casts aspersions on their alleged origins as landino slaves.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Besides, I’m not so sure that they ARE aspersions.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • "What a windbag," Hans Castorp thought, and did not change his mind when Settembrini moved on from this fit of flirtation and returned to casting aspersions.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • However, he gave him enough money to settle down and live for a long time, because, as Jaime explained, that was one way to make sure Nicolas would not get involved in further acts of madness that could cast aspersions on his father abroad.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • A departure from Jefferson’s prevailing silence in Congress came late that summer when he stood in opposition to a proposal for a fast day, and in so doing appeared to cast aspersions on Christianity, to which Adams reacted sharply.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Let us now pause and ask ourselves whether, in the course of these papers, the proposed Constitution has not been satisfactorily vindicated from the aspersions thrown upon it; and whether it has not been shown to be worthy of the public approbation, and necessary to the public safety and prosperity.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • If you feel impelled to cast chronographical aspersions" She stopped and looked at him.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • By the way—not that I wish to cast any aspersions on your masculinity—but you almost remind me more of a young nun than a monk, one of those innocent young brides of Christ, her hair newly shorn, with great martyr’s eyes.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Nonsense, I love aspersions.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • In one instance, a New Jersey tavern loafer who had done no more than cast aspersions on the President’s posterior was arrested, prosecuted, and fined $150.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • By which we do not mean to cast any aspersions whatever against the so-called Bad Russian table.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I have exposed one whom I hold in my heart, to trials and aspersions — I call them aspersions, even to have been conceived in anybody’s inmost mind — of which she never, but for me, could have been the object.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I have exposed one whom I hold in my heart, to trials and aspersions — I call them aspersions, even to have been conceived in anybody’s inmost mind — of which she never, but for me, could have been the object.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Gilpin went on to question much of the "supposed evidence" brought forth by the defense that cast aspersions on whether the blacks were slaves or not and hence acting as men attempting to wrest themselves from unlawful imprisonment.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • The new authorities announced that they had nothing to do with actions of this sort and had never given orders to cut beards or slacks, and that it was probably the work of Communists disguised as soldiers attempting to cast aspersions on the armed forces and make the citizenry hate them.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • He was also inclined to temper tantrums and had frequently clashed with Herr Wenzel about politics or other matters, for he was incensed by the nationalist aspirations of the Bohemian, who likewise declared himself an advocate of temperance and would sometimes cast moral aspersions on the brewer’s profession, whereupon the latter would turn red-faced and defend the incontestable benefits to health found in the beverage with which his interests were so intimately entwined.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "Why, Mother, you don’t think it would be a good way of sustaining my dignity to set about vindicating myself from the aspersions of Will Maskery?
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • He did not like that text; it seemed to cast an aspersion on himself.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • cast aspersions on his integrity
  • "It’s not at all from friendship," declared Nicholas, flaring up and turning away as if from a shameful aspersion.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • They vindicated him against the base aspersion.
    Austen, Jane  --  Emma
  • in the 19th century any reference to female sexuality was considered a vile aspersion
  • Peggotty seemed to take this aspersion very much to heart, I thought.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • He said sharply that it was not very likely, as if defending the absent victim of the accident from an unkind aspersion.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Chance
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Associated words [difficulty]:   aspersion [6] , asperity [7]
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