aspersionəˈspɜr ʒən, -ʃən
aspersion, slur (noun)
a disparaging remark
"in the 19th century any reference to female sexuality was considered a vile aspersion"; "it is difficult for a woman to understand a man's sensitivity to any slur on his virility"
aspersion, calumny, slander, defamation, denigration (noun)
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
aspersion, sprinkling (noun)
the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare)
An attack on somebody's reputation or good name, often in the phrase to cast aspersions upon.
A sprinkling of holy water.
Aspersion, in a religious context, is the act of sprinkling with water, especially holy water. Aspersion is a method used in baptism as an alternative to immersion or affusion. The word is formed of the Latin aspergere, 'to sprinkle', of ad, 'to', and spargo, 'I scatter'. In addition, aspersion is performed as part of certain rites to remind people of their baptism, such as the renewal of baptismal vows performed by the Roman Catholic Church on Easter.