Aspersive

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Aspersive Tending to asperse; defamatory; slanderous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • aspersive Tending to asperse; defamatory; calumnious; slanderous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Aspersive tending to asperse: defamatory
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Idioms

Cast aspersion - If you cast aspersion, you try to blacken someone's name and make people think badly of them.
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Usage

In literature:

For the present they would defend Emmanuel against the hot-headed aspersions of the other.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
I cannot consent to listen to any aspersion of his character, direct or indirect.
"Fenton's Quest" by M. E. Braddon
Accordingly the boy aspersed his destiny.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
The editors pour forth volleys of aspersions against all Negroes because of the few who may be guilty.
"A Social History of The American Negro" by Benjamin Brawley
In the sixth place the assembly had no purpose of aspersing the right and constitutional administration of justice.
"The Wearing of the Green" by A.M. Sullivan
But bitterly he resented any aspersion from the long-suffering Thatcher upon his disposition.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
Clint, did I cast any aspersions awhile ago on cold lamb?
"Left Tackle Thayer" by Ralph Henry Barbour
He is ever willing to asperse man's intelligence.
"Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher" by Henry Jones
This time, however, she seemed to be defending Mr. Nevill Tyson from unkind aspersions.
"The Tysons" by May Sinclair
General Webb was a man upon whose courage and generalship several aspersions had already been cast.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
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In poetry:

Faults doubtless had he. Had we not
Our own, to question and asperse
The worth we doubted or forgot
Until beside his hearse?
"Samuel J. Tilden" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Mycilla dyes her locks, 'tis said:
But 'tis a foul aspersion;
She buys them black; they therefore need
No subsequent immersion.
"On An Old Woman (From The Greek)" by William Cowper
Whoever keeps an open ear
For tattlers will be sure to hear
The trumpet of contention;
Aspersion is the babbler’s trade,
To listen is to lend him aid,
And rush into dissension.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
The sordid tribes who say and then unsay,
And flatter or asperse, and each for pay,
Of these, though here full rife, no talk we hold,
But leave them—glad to leave them—to their gold.
"Pretence. Part II - The Library" by John Kenyon

In news:

I'm amazed that the Obama campaign still casts aspersions on the veracity of the Romney/Ryan team.
Time to harvest the usual conclusions, notions, laments and aspersions as the games of the long, long, regular baseball season dwindle down to a precious few.
I've never been one to go around looking for racial aspersions.
To make a movie as daring and ambitious as The Tree of Life , one needs to forget all about critical reaction, aspersions or box office results.
To make a movie as daring and ambitious as The Tree of Life, one needs to forget all about critical reaction, aspersions or box office results.
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