to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.
to sprinkle; bespatter.
Historical Examples

Of course the aspersive attitude toward York was that of Mrs. Snograss reflected in Rochambeau.
The ghosts of their ancestors Weymer Jay Mills

verb (transitive)
to spread false rumours about; defame
(rare) to sprinkle, as with water in baptism

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.


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