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- To sprinkle or scatter (liquid or dust).
- 2004, The Prodigal, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, page 102:
- a hand in San Marco's font / aspersed him with foul canal water
- To falsely or maliciously charge another; to slander.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar […], OCLC 928184292:
- This is indeed a most aggravating circumstance, which attends depriving men unjustly of their reputation; for a man who is conscious of having an ill character, cannot justly be angry with those who neglect and slight him; but ought rather to despise such as affect his conversation, unless where a perfect intimacy must have convinced them that their friend’s character hath been falsely and injuriously aspersed.
- See also Thesaurus:defame
sprinkle — see sprinkle
scatter — see scatter
to falsely charge another
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asperse f pl