asperse

[ uh-spurs ]
/ əˈspɜrs /

verb (used with object), as·persed, as·pers·ing.

to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.
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

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British Dictionary definitions for asperse

asperse
/ (əˈspɜːs) /

verb (tr)

to spread false rumours about; defame
rare to sprinkle, as with water in baptism

Derived forms of asperse

asperser, nounaspersive, adjectiveaspersively, adverb

Word Origin for asperse

C15: from Latin aspersus, from aspergere to sprinkle
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