I don't wish to asperse the fellow, but he does have a background as a Republican staffer and operative.
For endeavoring to asperse your petitioner's personal character in the most infamous manner.
Now it is you that asperse the present, and I that will defend it.
You may insult me; but you have no right to asperse the memory of my mother.
It is thus thine ancient character they (let us hope) asperse.
Is it not grown so common a thing to asperse causelessly that no man wonders at it, that few dislike, that scarce any detest it?
"Not even scandal could asperse her motives in the present case," said Lady Hester, with an insolent laugh.
I foresee that you, like an Orville, or a Mortimer, will suspect and asperse your mistress.
Who would dare to asperse the character of this perfect, lovely, and intellectual schoolmistress?
Pope believed that Addison had employed Gildon to write against him, and had encouraged Phillips to asperse his character.