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bespatter

[bih-spat-er] /bɪˈspæt ər/
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.
Origin of bespatter
1635-1645
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
  • The mosquitoes 412 trouble me so much that in driving them away I bespatter my paper with ink, as thou seest, God bless thee!

  • For the future you may besnuff and bespatter your coat as much as you please, for all the trouble I shall ever take.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • bespatter it, vituperate against it, strongly insist that any man or woman harbouring it is a fool or a knave, or both.

    The Story of an African Farm (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner
  • If the road is muddy be careful that you do not ride so as to bespatter her habit.

  • To bespatter a rival for the gaining of an advantage by contrast is a Yahoo's trick to which no decent gentleman would stoop.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • I know they are pleased to bespatter me at all their little dirty levees.

    Goldsmith William Black
  • Thou dost fall and break thy limbs, and bespatter thyself with mud, like a crocodile, and no one reaches out a hand to thee.

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

    Roderick Hudson Henry James
  • I said 'What a fine fellow you are to bespatter the whole world with this oil of vitriol!'

British Dictionary definitions for bespatter

bespatter

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

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

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