- to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.
- to sprinkle; bespatter.
Origin of asperse
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1. malign, abuse, traduce.
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Examples from the Web for aspersive
Of course the aspersive attitude toward York was that of Mrs. Snograss reflected in Rochambeau.The ghosts of their ancestors
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- to spread false rumours about; defame
- rare to sprinkle, as with water in baptism
C15: from Latin aspersus, from aspergere to sprinkle
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Word Origin and History for aspersive
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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