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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ASPERSE

I asked him what he meant by coming here to asperse my character.

I foresee that you, like an Orville, or a Mortimer, will suspect and asperse your mistress.

You may insult me; but you have no right to asperse the memory of my mother.

Now it is you that asperse the present, and I that will defend it.

"Not even scandal could asperse her motives in the present case," said Lady Hester, with an insolent laugh.

It is thus thine ancient character they (let us hope) asperse.

Who would dare to asperse the character of this perfect, lovely, and intellectual schoolmistress?

She is of most amiable disposition, and I never knew her to—if I may coin a word—to asperse.

That the assembly intended to asperse the right and constitutional administration of justice; and 7.

For endeavoring to asperse your petitioner's personal character in the most infamous manner.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "to besprinkle," from Latin aspersus, past participle of aspergere (see aspersion). Meaning "to bespatter someone's character with rumor and false reports" is recorded from 1610s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ASPERSE

cast aspersions

verbmake disparaging charges against someone
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