bespatter

[ bih-spat-er ]
/ bɪˈspæt ər /
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verb (used with object)

to soil by spattering; splash with water, dirt, etc.
to slander or libel: a reputation bespattered by malicious gossip.

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Origin of bespatter

First recorded in 1635–45; be- + spatter
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British Dictionary definitions for bespatter

bespatter
/ (bɪˈspætə) /

verb (tr)

to splash all over, as with dirty water
to defile; slander; besmirch
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