aspersion

aspersion [ uh'-SPUR-zhuh' n, -shuh' n ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. spraying of holy water during religious practices
2. a potentially harmful remark made with the intention to defame
3. an act of defamation or derogation
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 US Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones' admission that she had taken steroids prior to the Sydney Olympics cast an aspersion on the sport of athletics.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 It is not casting an aspersion on the sport, it just shows they are living in the real world.

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