Definition of asperse
1 : sprinkle; especially : to sprinkle with holy water
2 : to attack with evil reports or false or injurious charges
Examples of asperse in a sentence
<how dare you asperse the character of our dedicated pastor!>
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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" first appeared in print in English in the 1500s.
Origin and Etymology 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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