asperse | aspersion(s)

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make an insulting remark or judgement

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asperse - insult

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To ‘asperse’ somebody is to make a slur or a false and misleading charge against them in order to deliberately harm their reputation or attack their character. As such, people tend to react with anger or irritation when subjected to it. This formal term is most commonly used in the form ‘aspersions’ and is often preceded by the word ‘cast’.


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  1. Sandra used her blog to asperse many of her former colleagues after she was dismissed from her role at the company.

  2. I’m not casting aspersions on you or your team, but something went wrong on your end and it needs to be addressed.

  3. I intend to sue for slander after that disparaging newspaper article. How dare they cast aspersions on my integrity like that!

  4. Paul is highly individualistic and has a unique style that can rub people up the wrong way. That’s why he often faces aspersions from others.

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