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Examples of asperse in a Sentence
how dare you asperse the character of our dedicated pastor!
asperse Has Latin Roots
You may be more familiar with the idea of "casting aspersions" than with aspersing, although they mean essentially the same thing; the word aspersion can mean "a sprinkling with water" or, more commonly, "a false or misleading charge meant to harm someone's reputation." Both asperse and aspersion are descendants of the Latin verb aspergere, meaning "to sprinkle." Asperse is the older word, dating to at least 1490; aspersion is known to have first appeared in print in English in the latter half of the 1500s.
Synonym Discussion of asperse
- the most maligned monarch in British history
- so traduced the governor that he was driven from office
- both candidates aspersed the other's motives
- no criminal was more vilified in the press
- falsely calumniated as a traitor
- sued them for defaming her reputation
- town gossips slandered their good name
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