asperse


as·perse

verb \ə-ˈspərs, a-\
as·persedas·pers·ing

Definition of ASPERSE

transitive verb
1
:  sprinkle; especially :  to sprinkle with holy water
2
:  to attack with evil reports or false or injurious charges

Examples of ASPERSE

  1. <how dare you asperse the character of our dedicated pastor!>

Origin of ASPERSE

Latin aspersus, past participle of aspergere, from ad- + spargere to scatter — more at spark
First Known Use: 15th century

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