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An attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something:‘I don't think anyone is casting aspersions on you’
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- ‘Before I could finish casting unwarranted aspersions on all fourteen of my fellow jurors, I was distracted by the actual oath.’
- ‘I said candidly that I could hardly cast aspersions on his choices since my own reclusive tendencies are strong.’
- ‘He said there was an increasing tendency among some people to cast aspersions on the board when they didn't get the decision they wanted.’
- ‘They don't know what's happened, so all they're doing is speculating and in doing so they've been casting aspersions on a whole industry.’
- ‘It must be read in context of the earlier exchange and the judge's aspersions on her integrity.’
- ‘‘I don't think we should cast aspersions on the business people’ he stated.’
- ‘When I admitted the truth, the Collie laughed uproariously for what I thought was an unnecessarily long time, then cast aspersions on my parents.’
- ‘They were roundly subjected to insults, smutty comments and had a multitude of aspersions cast about their manhood for the duration of their walk around the town.’
- ‘He said it was unacceptable and outrageous that his integrity had been questioned and aspersions cast on his character.’
- ‘Crude and tasteless, the film showed no let-up of violence against women and cast aspersions on the morals of working women.’
- ‘Now, I'm not about to cast aspersions upon those who swung early - or late - deals with the prosecutor to avoid jail.’
- ‘While stressing that he was not ‘casting aspersions on anyone’, he called for an external examination of the matter.’
- ‘It is so easy to cast aspersions on someone else.’
- ‘Then again, now that I'm spending my days obsessing about a man I've more or less invented, I'm hardly one to cast aspersions on other people's productivity.’
- ‘These days, between posting his piquant views on the latest toonery, he rails against the aspersions still being spittled on the medium.’
- ‘You can't cast aspersions on someone just because they're wearing a cape.’
- ‘If that is indeed the case, I withdraw the aspersions I cast on his spelling.’
- ‘Fair enough, it is upsetting when people who don't know any better rush to cast aspersions on a band they aren't even in, but that's the nature of art.’
- ‘Their central theme is that he betrayed his band of brothers and cast aspersions on every battle-hardened American soldier.’
- ‘It is stupid to cast aspersions on either the intelligence of the electorate or the validity of the verdict.’
Late Middle English (denoting the sprinkling of water, especially at baptism): from Latin aspersio(n-), from aspergere (see asperse).
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