Definition of asperse:
- To bespatter with foul reports or false and injurious charges; to tarnish in point of reputation or good name; to slander or calumniate; as, to asperse a poet or his writings; to asperse a man's character.
- To sprinkle, as water or dust, upon anybody or anything, or to besprinkle any one with a liquid or with dust.
maculate, defame, depreciate, defile, besmirch, belittle, smutch, derogate, smudge, tarnish, crimes, denigrate, sully, libel, revile, malign, attack, disparage, law, smirch, calumniate, tear down, decry, daub, corrupt, slander, vilify, cloud, slur, minimize, backbite, smear, stain, traduce, taint, cast aspersions on, blur.
We do not asperse his motives; but we ask if these motives coincide with the relations which a Christian minister should sustain to his flock as expressed in the resolution which I have had the privilege to offer, more in sorrow than in anger.- "Annie Kilburn A Novel", W. D. Howells.
Retributive justice has followed these attempts of several lesser contemporaries of Robertson to asperse the character of one of the purest, noblest, and most humane of men, and while discredit has overtaken the inventors and publishers of these falsehoods, the investigations of impartial historians, provoked by their enormity, have resulted in banishing such fables from historical controversy.- "Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings", Francis Augustus MacNutt.
- "Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences", Arthur L. Hayward.