aspersion

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cast aspersions

To talk negatively or unflatteringly about someone or something. I'm sorry to cast aspersions on Julie, but her work ethic is really terrible. She hasn't handed one assignment in on time! Bill says that he doesn't want to cast aspersions on anyone, but he still talks badly about us all the time!
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cast aspersions on someone

to make a rude and insulting remark. I resent your casting aspersions on my brother and his ability! It is rude to cast aspersions on people in general.
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cast aspersions on somebody/something

to say that someone's character or work is bad When the exhibit of his paintings opened, some critics cast aspersions on both his art and character.
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cast aspersions on somebody/something

  (formal)
to criticize someone or someone's character His opponents cast aspersions on his patriotism.
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