What does asperse mean?

asperse meaning in General Dictionary

To sprinkle as water or dust upon anybody or any such thing or even to besprinkle anybody with a liquid or with dust

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  • cost falsely or with harmful intention; strike the great title and reputation of some one
  • To sprinkle, as liquid or dust, upon anybody or anything, or even besprinkle anyone with a fluid or with dirt.
  • To bespatter with foul reports or untrue and damaging fees; to tarnish in point of reputation or great title; to slander or calumniate; as, to asperse a poet or his writings; to asperse a guy's character.

asperse meaning in Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., "to besprinkle," from Latin aspersus, previous participle of aspergere "besprinkle, bespatter" (see aspersion). Indicating "to bespatter somebody's character with rumor and false reports" is taped from 1610s.


asperse meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To sprinkle, as water or dust, upon anybody or anything, or even to besprinkle any one with a liquid or with dirt.

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  • (v. t.) To bespatter with nasty reports or untrue and damaging costs; to tarnish in point of reputation or great title; to slander or calumniate; as, to asperse a poet or his writings; to asperse a man's character.