Pronunciation: (u-spûr'zhun, -shun), [key]
1. a damaging or derogatory remark or criticism; slander: casting aspersions on a campaign rival.
2. the act of slandering; vilification; defamation; calumniation; derogation: Such vehement aspersions cannot be ignored.
3. the act of sprinkling, as in baptism.
4. Archaic.a shower or spray.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.