asperse v : charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation" [syn: defame, slander, smirch, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch]
- To sprinkle or scatter (liquid or dust).
- To falsely or maliciously charge another.
- French: asperger
- 2004: a hand in San Marco's font / aspersed him with foul canal water — Derek Walcott, The Prodigal, (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2004) page 102