[ 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
OTHER WORDS FROM asperse
as·pers·er, nounas·per·sive, adjectiveas·per·sive·ly, adverbun·as·persed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for asperser
/ (əˈspɜːs) /
to spread false rumours about; defame
rare to sprinkle, as with water in baptism
Derived forms of asperseasperser, nounaspersive, adjectiveaspersively, adverb
Word Origin for asperse
C15: from Latin aspersus, from aspergere to sprinkle
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