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Monday, May 28, 2012

Definitions for asperse

  1. To sprinkle; bespatter.
  2. To attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.

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Citations for asperse
Let no man write my epitaph; for as no man who knows my motives dares now vindicate them, let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them. James Joyce, Ulysses
And their leader chanted: "Propitiate, propitiate, and, when ye have done so, asperse!" Alice Warner, Myths and Legends of the Bantu
Origin of asperse
Asperse comes from the Latin root sparge meaning "to scatter or sprinkle." The prefix a- is a variation of ad- (meaning "toward") that is used before words that start with sc, sp or st.