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asperse

[uh-spurs] /əˈspɜrs/
verb (used with object), aspersed, aspersing.
1.
to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.
2.
to sprinkle; bespatter.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; < Latin aspersus besprinkled (past participle of aspergere), equivalent to a- a-5 + -sper- (combining form of spar-, variant of sparg- sparge) + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
asperser, noun
aspersive, adjective
aspersively, adverb
unaspersed, adjective
unaspersive, adjective
Synonyms
1. malign, abuse, traduce.
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asperse

/əˈspɜːs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to spread false rumours about; defame
2.
(rare) to sprinkle, as with water in baptism
Derived Forms
asperser, noun
aspersive, adjective
aspersively, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin aspersus, from aspergere to sprinkle
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Word Origin and History for un aspersive

asperse

v.

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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