[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. aspergillum,
  2. aspergillus,
  3. asperity,
  4. aspermatism,
  5. aspermia,
  6. aspersion,
  7. aspersions,
  8. aspersorium,
  9. asphalt,
  10. asphalt jungle

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


/ (əˈspɜːs) /

verb (tr)

to spread false rumours about; defame
rare to sprinkle, as with water in baptism
Derived Formsasperser, nounaspersive, adjectiveaspersively, adverb

Word Origin for asperse

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper