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verb (used with object), as·persed, as·pers·ing.
  1. to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.
  2. to sprinkle; bespatter.
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Origin of asperse

1480–90; < Latin aspersus besprinkled (past participle of aspergere), equivalent to a- a-5 + -sper- (combining form of spar-, variant of sparg- sparge) + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
Related formsas·pers·er, nounas·per·sive, adjectiveas·per·sive·ly, adverbun·as·persed, adjectiveun·as·per·sive, adjective


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1. malign, abuse, traduce.
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verb (tr)
  1. to spread false rumours about; defame
  2. rare to sprinkle, as with water in baptism
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Derived Formsasperser, nounaspersive, adjectiveaspersively, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin aspersus, from aspergere to sprinkle
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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.

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