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 for aspersion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Aspersion \As*per"sion\, n. [L. aspersio, fr. aspergere: cf. F.
     aspersion.]
     1. A sprinkling, as with water or dust, in a literal sense.
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              Behold an immersion, not and aspersion. --Jer.
                                                    Taylor.
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     2. The spreading of calumniations reports or charges which
        tarnish reputation, like the bespattering of a body with
        foul water; calumny.
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              Every candid critic would be ashamed to cast
              wholesale aspersions on the entire body of
              professional teachers.                --Grote.
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              Who would by base aspersions blot thy virtue.
                                                    --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  aspersion
      n 1: a disparaging remark; "in the 19th century any reference to
           female sexuality was considered a vile aspersion"; "it is
           difficult for a woman to understand a man's sensitivity to
           any slur on his virility" [syn: aspersion, slur]
      2: an abusive attack on a person's character or good name [syn:
         aspersion, calumny, slander, defamation,
         denigration]
      3: the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare) [syn:
         aspersion, sprinkling]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  131 Moby Thesaurus words for "aspersion":
     abuse, adverse criticism, affront, affusion, agape, allegation,
     animadversion, aspergation, asperges, atrocity,
     auricular confession, backbiting, bad notices, bad press, baptism,
     baptismal gown, baptismal regeneration, baptistery, baptizement,
     bar mitzvah, bas mitzvah, brickbat, calumny, captiousness, carping,
     cavil, caviling, celebration, censoriousness, chrismal,
     christening, circumcision, confession, confirmation, contempt,
     contumely, criticism, cut, defamation, despite, detraction,
     disparagement, dump, enormity, exception, faultfinding, flak,
     flout, flouting, font, gibe, hairsplitting, high celebration, hit,
     home thrust, hostile criticism, humiliation, hypercriticalness,
     hypercriticism, immersion, imputation, incense, indignity,
     infusion, injury, innuendo, insinuation, insult, invective,
     invocation, invocation of saints, jeer, jeering, kiss of peace,
     knock, lampoon, lesser litany, libel, litany, love feast,
     lustration, mock, mockery, muck, nagging, niggle, niggling, nit,
     nit-picking, obloquy, offense, outrage, overcriticalness,
     pasquinade, pax, personal remark, personality, pestering,
     pettifogging, priggishness, processional, put-down, quibble,
     quibbling, rap, reciting the rosary, reflection, reproachfulness,
     scandal, scoff, scurrility, skit, slam, slander, slur,
     sly suggestion, sprinkling, squib, stricture, suggestion, swipe,
     taking exception, taunt, telling of beads, the confessional,
     the confessionary, total immersion, trichoschistism,
     uncomplimentary remark, vituperation, whispering campaign
  
  

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