- to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.
- to sprinkle; bespatter.
Origin of asperse
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- to spread false rumours about; defame
- rare to sprinkle, as with water in baptism
Word Origin for asperse
C15: from Latin aspersus, from aspergere to sprinkle
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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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