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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: aspersio 'throwing drops of water on to someone in a religious ceremony', from aspergere, from ad- 'to' + spargere 'to scatter'

aspersion

noun
     
as‧per‧sion [countable] formal
an unkind remark or an unfair judgment:
No one is casting aspersions on you or your men, Major.

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