transitive verb-·persed′, -·pers′ing
- Rare to sprinkle water on, as in baptizing
- to spread false or damaging charges against; slander
Origin of aspersefrom Classical Latin aspersus, past participle of aspergere, to sprinkle on from ad-, to + spargere, to sprinkle, strew: see spark
transitive verbas·persed, as·pers·ing, as·pers·es
- a. To spread false or damaging accusations or insinuations against (someone).b. To slander or libel; defame.
- To sprinkle, especially with holy water.
Origin of asperseMiddle English to besprinkle from Latin aspergere aspers- ad- ad- spargere to strew
(third-person singular simple present asperses, present participle aspersing, simple past and past participle aspersed)
- From Latin aspersum, past participle of aspergere.