A sprinkling just like water or dirt in a literal feeling
- an abusive assault on someone's character or great name
- a disparaging remark
- the work of sprinkling water in baptism (uncommon)
- A sprinkling, as with liquid or dirt, in a literal good sense.
- The spreading of calumniations reports or fees which tarnish reputation, such as the bespattering of a human body with foul water; calumny.
uh-spur-shunComes from the Latin word "Aspersio," which includes a double definition.1. A derogatory comment or criticism2. To asperse, or "sprinkle" holy water.
mid-15c., from Latin aspersionem (nominative aspersio) "a sprinkling," noun of action from past participle stem of aspergere "to sprinkle in," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + spargere "sprinkle, strew" (see sparse). Initially in theology, the shedding of Christ's blood. Modern sense of "a bespattering with slander" very first attested 1590s. To throw aspersions was in Fielding (1749).
(n.) A sprinkling, much like water or dirt, in a literal good sense.
- (letter.) The spreading of calumniations reports or costs which tarnish reputation, such as the bespattering of a body with foul water; calumny.
The two principal ones necessary to salvation are baptism and the Eucharist; then come the water of aspersion and the wearing of cinders, and so forth; these advance a man in sanctity.