WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
as•perse  (ə spûrs), 
v.t., -persed, -pers•ing. 
  1. to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations;
  2. to sprinkle;
  • Latin aspersus besprinkled (past participle of aspergere), equivalent. to a- a-5 + -sper- (combining form of spar-, variant of sparg- sparge) + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
  • 1480–90
as•perser, n. 
as•persive, adj. 
as•persive•ly, adv. 
1 . malign, abuse, traduce.

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asperse /əˈspɜːs/ vb (transitive)
  1. to spread false rumours about; defame
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin aspersus, from aspergere to sprinkle

asˈperser n asˈpersive adj

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