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Asperse

verb
(past & past part. aspersed; pres. part. aspersing)
1.
Charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone.  Synonyms: besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, slander, smear, smirch, sully.  "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"






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"Asperse" Quotes from Famous Books



... Who can tell how long health may last, or when an accident may happen the brain; what mortifications may await you in your own high sphere; what unknown enemies may rise up in your path; or what slanders may asperse your name—ha, ha! It is a wonderful equilibrium—a marvellous dispensation—ha, ha!' and he laughed with a shake of his head, I thought a little sarcastically, as if he was not sorry my money could not avail to buy immunity ...
— Uncle Silas - A Tale of Bartram-Haugh • J.S. Le Fanu

... [U.S.]. detractor &c. 936. V. detract, derogate, decry, deprecate, depreciate, disparage; run down, cry down; backcap [obs3][U.S.]; belittle; sneer at &c. (contemn) 930; criticize, pull to pieces, pick a hole in one's coat, asperse, cast aspersions, blow upon, bespatter, blacken, vilify, vilipend[obs3]; avile|; give a dog a bad name, brand, malign; muckrake; backbite, libel, lampoon, traduce, slander, defame, calumniate, bear false witness against; speak ill of behind one's back. fling dirt ...
— Roget's Thesaurus



Words linked to "Asperse" :   traduce, malign, slander, libel, assassinate, smirch, denigrate, accuse, charge, calumniate, drag through the mud, badmouth, aspersion



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