(v. t.) To sprinkle, as water or dust, upon anybody or anything, or to besprinkle any one with a liquid or with dust.
(v. t.) To bespatter with foul reports or false and injurious charges; to tarnish in point of reputation or good name; to slander or calumniate; as, to asperse a poet or his writings; to asperse a man's character.
(1) He could face a charge if it is viewed that he is casting aspersions about match officials' fairness.
(2) Until I answer that question satisfactorily, I will not cast aspersions on others."
(3) And anything casting aspersions on China's rulers, history, military, human rights record – or any other aspect of the country – is out of the question .
(4) Governor Rick Perry said in a statement: This end run around the supreme court undermines the will of the people of Texas, and casts unfair aspersions on our state's common-sense efforts to preserve the integrity of our elections process.
(5) For aspersions to be cast about her alleged financial mismanagement and bullying shows a lack of respect to a woman who has committed almost 20 years to developing Kids Company.
(6) People are always going to cast aspersions on people regardless of their activities if they’re in a place under a government that’s unpopular.
(7) What do you have in common with all these very rich people?” Cameron replied: “The aspersion you are trying to cast is completely ridiculous.” He conceded that he had not asked Green about possible tax avoidance in HSBC’s Swiss branch at the time of his appointment.
(8) Duncan said she was not casting aspersions on the standard of the designs by Heatherwick.
(9) Her dogged pursuit of the then tax commissioner, Trevor Boucher, during a Senate committee, including vague aspersions on his new role as ambassador to the OECD, led to his resignation in 1993.
(10) "A contemptuous aspersion against a senior military officer"!
(11) I know some people (men) will feel obliged to cast aspersions on my looks – believe me, I've heard it all before – but I won't apologise for the truth.
(12) But he wasn't scraping the bottom of the anecdotal barrel for Grandma Dunham's subtle aspersions, he was actually making a representative claim: much as Reverend Wright is an appropriate spokesman for a certain strain of black racism, Madelyn Dunham is the face for that of most whites.
(13) You could practically hear Bashir crisply and obediently saluting as he accused Hardin of the crime of disrespect to a general; here is just some of what he shouted, literally, each time Hardin tried to move on: "I'm sorry, I cannot allow you to cast such a contemptuous aspersion against a senior military officer by demeaning his service to this country.
(14) It is wasteful to cast aspersions on Jessie J's desires and quantify her sexuality into a sort of swingometer.
(15) Setting aside the aspersions this casts on one of the most challenging jobs in our society, a Coalition government of all governments knows that money matters, especially in education.
(16) Beijing’s aspersions about sinister western forces aside, no one group is directing this occupation.
(17) Anyway, having cast aspersions over a tragic death, doubted a coroner and insulted a grieving mother, Moir's piece builds to its climax: "Another real sadness about Gately's death is that it strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships.
(18) Claiming to have renewed his faith in Islam, he said he did not agree with any character in The Satanic Verses who "casts aspersions... upon the authenticity of the holy Qur'an, or who rejects the divinity of Allah".
(19) are presumably confident enough to survive this mild aspersion without resort to racial violence.
(20) In its statement to the media after the allegations were published, the Cain campaign said Cain was being "targeted by liberals simply because they disagree with his politics": Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr Cain's tenure as the chief executive officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumours that never stood up to the facts.
(v. t.) To accuse falsely and maliciously of a crime or offense, or of something disreputable; to slander; to libel.
(v. i.) To propagate evil reports with a design to injure the reputation of another; to make purposely false charges of some offense or crime.
(1) Claims that boys were murdered by VIP sex ring are credible and true - police Read more “I denied all and each of the allegations in turn [to police] and in detail and categorised them as false and untrue and, in whole, a heinous calumny,” said Proctor’s statement.
(2) It’s the sickness of those who insatiably try to multiply their powers and to do so are capable of calumny, defamation and discrediting others, even in newspapers and magazines, naturally to show themselves as being more capable than others.
(3) Left-wing philosopher Bernard-Henry Lévy spoke of a noble man who had been the victim of a "spiral of horror and calumny".
(4) The combination of blinking and nodding when he says "rekindled freedom's flame" tempts us to truly un-Christian calumny.
(5) They must take their children away from school; they cannot pay their rent; they starve with their families; they are politically and socially defamed and calumniated.
(6) He told the BBC: "A dreadful slander is being perpetrated … If your father of beloved memory was treated like that you would do anything at all to rebuff and rebut and destroy these calumnies.
(7) Perhaps he would have been intrigued by the announcement of the latest hi-tech wheeze intended to counter the age-old problem of the rapid dissemination of falsehood, calumny and plausible gibberish: a social media lie detector .
(8) For the Sun, Juncker is "the most dangerous man in Europe", the son of a "Nazi" – an improbable calumny.
(9) Perhaps the greatest calumny committed against old people – and the one that most frightens the not-yet-old – is the belief that ageing causes us to leech vitality.
(10) Photograph: Ashmolean Museum Nor is this the only calumny Ruskin has suffered.
(11) The similarities in the suffering of these two children should remind us of the calumny and chaos that has defined the history of childhood adversity in Britain.
(12) Their masterly addition that Mitchell called them "plebs" too was the killer calumny.
(13) But many Jews do worry that his past instinct, when faced with potential allies whom he deemed sound on Palestine, was to overlook whatever nastiness they might have uttered about Jews, even when that extended to Holocaust denial or the blood libel – the medieval calumny that Jews baked bread using the blood of gentile children.
(14) Uribe has long denied any links to paramilitaries and on Wednesday accused Cepeda via Twitter of "desperately seeking more calumnies" against him.
(15) The calumny that they are simply repeating the ideas of the 1990s – or that they are Tories in disguise – is no more true for its steady repetition.
(16) Unable to shake off the calumny that they broke the world's banks, Labour must handcuff itself to credibility and responsibility.