Definition of asperse in English:


Syllabification: as·perse
Pronunciation: /əˈspərs


[with object] rare
  • Attack or criticize the reputation or integrity of: he aspersed the place and its inhabitants
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    • Let no man write my epitaph; for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them, let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them.
    • The first approach, ‘Teaching for commitment’ or the confessional approach was traditionally used in ancient churches and has since been aspersed as promoting indoctrination.
    • Please be assured that I will not tolerate myself, or my hard-working co-workers to be unjustly aspersed.


late 15th century (in the sense 'sprinkle or spatter with liquid'): from Latin aspers- 'sprinkled', from the verb aspergere, from ad- 'to' + spargere 'sprinkle'.

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