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[bih-spat-er] /bɪˈspæt ər/
verb (used with object)
to soil by spattering; splash with water, dirt, etc.
to slander or libel:
a reputation bespattered by malicious gossip.
Origin of bespatter
First recorded in 1635-45; be- + spatter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is the nameless refuse which flings itself to bespatter Masonry.

    Devil-Worship in France Arthur Edward Waite
  • The mosquitoes 412 trouble me so much that in driving them away I bespatter my paper with ink, as thou seest, God bless thee!

  • For the future you may besnuff and bespatter your coat as much as you please, for all the trouble I shall ever take.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • bespatter it, vituperate against it, strongly insist that any man or woman harbouring it is a fool or a knave, or both.

    The Story of an African Farm (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner
  • If the road is muddy be careful that you do not ride so as to bespatter her habit.

  • To bespatter a rival for the gaining of an advantage by contrast is a Yahoo's trick to which no decent gentleman would stoop.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • I know they are pleased to bespatter me at all their little dirty levees.

    Goldsmith William Black
  • Thou dost fall and break thy limbs, and bespatter thyself with mud, like a crocodile, and no one reaches out a hand to thee.

  • He may bespatter you with ink, he may hit you in the eye, but he writes a magnificent hand.

    Roderick Hudson Henry James
  • I said 'What a fine fellow you are to bespatter the whole world with this oil of vitriol!'

British Dictionary definitions for bespatter


verb (transitive)
to splash all over, as with dirty water
to defile; slander; besmirch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bespatter

1640s, from be- + spatter (v.). Related: Bespattered; bespattering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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