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tr.v. as·persed, as·pers·ing, as·pers·es
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.
1. to spread false rumours about; defame
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) rare to sprinkle, as with water in baptism
[C15: from Latin aspersus, from aspergere to sprinkle]
v.t. -persed, -pers•ing.
1. to attack with false and damaging charges or insinuations; slander; malign.
2. to sprinkle; bespatter.
[1480–90; < Latin aspersus, past participle of aspergere to sprinkle, asperse <a- a-5 + spargere to scatter]
Past participle: aspersed
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|Verb||1.||asperse - charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"|
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
assassinate - destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; "He assassinated his enemy's character"
libel - print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"