(n.) A sprinkling, as with water or dust, in a literal sense.
(n.) The spreading of calumniations reports or charges which tarnish reputation, like the bespattering of a body with foul water; calumny.
(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.
(n.) An extravagant or absurd report or story; a fabricated sensational report or statement; esp. one set afloat in the newspapers to hoax the public.
(1) I adored Chez Elles in Brick Lane's Banglatown; and Otto's , on Gray's Inn Road, looks set to be the capital's next insider secret, with a menu that doesn't appear to have met the 21st century: it does canard à la presse, for goodness sake.
(2) Let’s deal first with an increasingly popular canard: the idea that academics are biased in their research because they get “EU money”.
(3) (Harris' own ugly canard would come as news to CAIR , the leading Muslim advocacy group, as well as most of the world's Muslims ).
(4) But at the end of last week, Fillon awoke to news of the publication in Le Canard Enchaîné of highly damaging revelations that he had employed his wife Penelope, in what the newspaper implied was a well-paid parliamentary assistant role, funded with public money.
(5) Raven also vows not to be exercised by common feminist canards such as "the dearth of women on the boards of FTSE 100 companies" and will not "deal in caricatures".
(6) "I have a great respect for Archbishop Tutu's fight against apartheid – where we were on the same side of the argument – but to repeat the old canard that we lied about the intelligence is completely wrong as every single independent analysis of the evidence has shown.
(7) Anthony Cary, the former British high commissioner to Canada, who conducted the investigation, reported that "a canard that was widely shared and passed down during handovers" included the explanation that the FCO was holding the archive because there had been a fire at Hayes.
(8) This makes me smile.” Last year, Le Canard Enchaîné, the French satirical newspaper, reported that Mike Turner, a Republican on the US House of Representatives’ permanent select committee on intelligence, had urged American intelligence agencies to look into Le Pen’s Russia connections.
(9) This canard is regularly trotted out to justify a host of dubious British arms deals, energy and prison contracts, lucrative inward investment and property schemes – and the ignoring of Saudi Arabia’s appalling human rights record.
(10) A n old canard about feminists is that, in addition to being hirsute bra-burners, we want to turn all women into “victims” – and thanks to “ Women Against Feminism ”, this particular accusation has gained some moderately mainstream traction in recent weeks .
(11) Photograph: Alamy For good measure you can bike along its lanes, canoe on its rivers and enjoy the area's confit du canard , Bergerac wines, chèvre, walnut oil and truffles.
(12) "According to a canard that was widely shared and passed down during handovers," the inquiry found, the FCO was holding the archive after a fire at the other organisation.
(13) Sam Harris in 2005 : "In our dealings with the Muslim world, we must acknowledge that Muslims have not found anything of substance to say against the actions of the September 11 hijackers, apart from the ubiquitous canard that they were really Jews."
(14) Or perhaps I should just extend an invitation to my house (if she dares) where I would regale her with homemade tarte tatin, confit de canard, and food tales from my childhood.
(15) The entrenched tradition of mocking religions and clerical institutions explains the success of long-living publications such as Le Canard Enchaîné (a satirical founded in 1915) and Charlie Hebdo (founded in 1969).
(16) On Wednesday, the magazine Le Canard Enchainé revealed Thévenoud had also failed to pay the rent on his Paris apartment on the chic left bank of the river Seine for three years.
(17) The satirical and investigative weekly Le Canard Enchaîné claimed that there were various periods during which Penelope Fillon, who was born in Wales, was paid a generous salary from public funds that were allocated to her husband as an MP for the central Sarthe region to pay for parliamentary staff.
(18) Cary later reported that "a canard that was widely shared and passed down" included the explanation that the FCO was holding the archive on behalf of a private company that had suffered a fire.
(19) It would still be 100% BBC and publicly owned, but could then offer market rate pay and conditions for production talent and remove the ridiculous comparison to the prime minister’s salary and other canards.
(20) On a visit to Bordeaux, Fillon told reporters that he was “scandalised” by the Canard Enchaîné article, which he described as “misogynistic”.