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Attack or criticize the reputation or integrity of:‘he aspersed the place and its inhabitants’
belittle, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, deflate, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimateView synonyms
- ‘We are bound to defend those whom we hear aspersed, and who are spoken unworthily of by the persons whom we incidentally encounter.’
- ‘He was severely reprimanded by the court, for aggravating his guilt by aspersing the character of a woman of remarkable virtue and piety, whom he had cruelly deprived of life.’
- ‘The first approach, ‘Teaching for commitment’ or the confessional approach was traditionally used in ancient churches and has since been aspersed as promoting indoctrination.’
- ‘Let no man write my epitaph; for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them, let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them.’
- ‘Please be assured that I will not tolerate myself, or my hard-working co-workers to be unjustly aspersed.’
Late 15th century (in the sense ‘spatter with liquid’): from Latin aspers- sprinkled, from the verb aspergere, from ad- to + spargere sprinkle.
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