Word of the day

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aspersion (noun) – 1. (a) A false or damaging accusation or insinuation: Don’t cast aspersions on my honesty.
(b) The act of slandering or libeling; defaming.
2. A sprinkling, especially with holy water.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Aspersion comes from aspersion-, the stem of the Latin noun aspersi? ?a sprinkling.? In classical Latin the noun is restricted to literal sprinkling. In the Vulgate (the Latin version of the Bible prepared by Saint Jerome at the end of the 4th century a.d.), aspersi? also refers to the sprinkling of blood (as for a sacrifice). Aspersi? in the sense ?sprinkling with holy water? has always been practiced in the Roman Catholic Church, e.g., in baptisms. The metaphorical sense ?sprinkling calumnies; slander? is a development within English. Aspersion entered English in the 16th century.