- to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.
- to sprinkle; bespatter.
Origin of asperse
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Examples from the Web for asperse
I don't wish to asperse the fellow, but he does have a background as a Republican staffer and operative.Who Inspects the Inspector?
August 20, 2013
I asked him what he meant by coming here to asperse my character.The Ivory Child
H. Rider Haggard
I foresee that you, like an Orville, or a Mortimer, will suspect and asperse your mistress.The Heroine
Eaton Stannard Barrett
You may insult me; but you have no right to asperse the memory of my mother.
Now it is you that asperse the present, and I that will defend it.Vassall Morton
"Not even scandal could asperse her motives in the present case," said Lady Hester, with an insolent laugh.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- to spread false rumours about; defame
- rare to sprinkle, as with water in baptism
Word Origin and History for asperse
late 15c., "to besprinkle," from Latin aspersus, past participle of aspergere (see aspersion). Meaning "to bespatter someone's character with rumor and false reports" is recorded from 1610s.