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Monday, May 28, 2012

asperse

\uh-SPURS\ , noun;
1.
To sprinkle; bespatter.
2.
To attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.
Quotes:
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:
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.
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