[ad_1] verb (used with object), as·persed, as·pers·ing.
- to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.
- to sprinkle; bespatter.
- 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 ). Meaning “to bespatter someone’s character with rumor and false reports” is recorded from 1610s.