aspersive


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as·perse

 (ə-spûrs′)
tr.v. as·persed, as·pers·ing, as·pers·es
1.
a. To spread false or damaging accusations or insinuations against (someone).
b. To slander or libel; defame.
2. To sprinkle, especially with holy water.

[Middle English, to besprinkle, from Latin aspergere, aspers- : ad-, ad- + spargere, to strew.]

as·per′sive (-sĭv, -zĭv) adj.
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