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verb (used with object)
  1. to soil by spattering; splash with water, dirt, etc.
  2. 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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  • This is the nameless refuse which flings itself to bespatter Masonry.

    Devil-Worship in France

    Arthur Edward Waite

  • He expects Sir George should not bespatter him privately, in revenge, but openly.

  • The green appearance is due to lichens which bespatter them.

  • He may bespatter you with ink, he may hit you in the eye, but he writes a magnificent hand.

    Roderick Hudson

    Henry James

  • I know they are pleased to bespatter me at all their little dirty levees.


    William Black

British Dictionary definitions for bespatter


verb (tr)
  1. to splash all over, as with dirty water
  2. to defile; slander; besmirch
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Word Origin and History for bespatter


1640s, from be- + spatter (v.). Related: Bespattered; bespattering.

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