asperse

asperse (v.) late 15c., "to besprinkle," from L. aspersus, pp. of aspergere (see ASPERSION (Cf. aspersion)). Meaning "to bespatter someone's character with rumor and false reports" is recorded from 1610s.

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  • Asperse — As*perse , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Aspersed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Aspersing}.] [L. aspersus, p. p. of aspergere to scatter, sprinkle; ad + spargere to strew. See {Sparse}.] 1. To sprinkle, as water or dust, upon anybody or anything, or to besprinkle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • asperse — index brand (stigmatize), complain (criticize), condemn (blame), contemn, defame, denigrate …   Law dictionary

  • asperse — vb vilify, *malign, traduce, calumniate, slander, defame, libel Analogous words: disparage, depreciate, derogate, detract, *decry: revile, vituperate (see SCOLD): defile (see CONTAMINATE) Contrasted words: *praise, extol, laud, acclaim, eulogize …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • asperse — [ə spʉrs′] vt. aspersed, aspersing [< L aspersus, pp. of aspergere, to sprinkle on < ad , to + spargere, to sprinkle, strew: see SPARK1] 1. Rare to sprinkle water on, as in baptizing 2. to spread false or damaging charges against; slander …   English World dictionary

  • asperse — as•perse [[t]əˈspɜrs[/t]] v. t. persed, pers•ing 1) to attack with false and damaging charges or insinuations; slander; malign 2) to sprinkle; bespatter • Etymology: 1480–90; < L aspersus, ptp. of aspergere to sprinkle, asperse < a a… …   From formal English to slang

  • asperse — transitive verb (aspersed; aspersing) Etymology: Latin aspersus, past participle of aspergere, from ad + spargere to scatter more at spark Date: 15th century 1. sprinkle; especially to sprinkle with holy water 2. to attack with evil …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • asperse — asperser, n. aspersive, adj. aspersively, adv. /euh sperrs /, v.t., aspersed, aspersing. 1. to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander. 2. to sprinkle; bespatter. [1480 90; < L aspersus besprinkled (ptp. of… …   Universalium

  • asperse — verb a) To sprinkle or scatter (liquid or dust). b) To falsely or maliciously charge another …   Wiktionary

  • asperse — Synonyms and related words: affront, calumniate, christen, defame, denigrate, deride, immerse, insult, libel, mock, offend, scandal, scandalize, slander, slur, sprinkle, taunt, traduce …   Moby Thesaurus

  • asperse — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To make defamatory statements about: backbite, calumniate, defame, malign, slander, slur, tear down, traduce, vilify. Law: libel. Idiom: cast aspersions on. See ATTACK, CRIMES, LAW …   English dictionary for students

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