Dictionary.com

Asperges

[ uh-spur-jeez ]
/ əˈspɜr dʒiz /
Save This Word!

noun Roman Catholic Church.
the rite of sprinkling the altar, clergy, and people with holy water before High Mass.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of Asperges

<Latin: thou shalt sprinkle (2nd person singular future of aspergere). See a-5, sparge
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use Asperges in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Asperges

Asperges
/ (æˈspɜːdʒiːz) /

noun RC Church
a short rite preceding Mass, in which the celebrant sprinkles those present with holy water to the accompaniment of the chant Asperges me, Domine
the chant opening with these words

Word Origin for Asperges

C16: from Latin Asperges (me hyssopo) Thou shalt purge (me with hyssop)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK