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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aspersion  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aspersion 
  n  1:  a  disparaging  remark  [syn:  {slur}] 
  2:  the  act  of  defaming  [syn:  {calumny},  {slander},  {defamation}] 
  3:  the  act  of  sprinkling  water  in  baptism  rare  [syn:  {sprinkling}] 




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