Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Sprinkled over.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of besprenge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sprinkled over; strewed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Besprinkled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. sprinkled over

Etymologies

Middle English bispreint, past participle of bisprengen, to besprinkle; see besprinkle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Sisman quotes a note of his to an admirer: "I ought to sit, night and day, in the Bodleian library or the Public Record Office, 'with learned dust besprent' ... wearing an eye-shade over my nose and munching a periodic dry bun, in order, by my copying of earlier copyists, to earn my place in some future Dunciad."

    In praise of losers

  • The holly of the English Christmas, all-besprent with crimson drops, is hard to be found in New England, and you will have to thread the courses of the brooks to seek the swamp-loving black alder, which will furnish as brilliant a berry, but without the beautiful thorny leaf.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 27, January, 1860

  • And in dede, he shewed sufficiently, how great the grief was that pressed him, and how well the passion that he felt, was agreable to the wordes which he spake: for in pronouncing his wordes he sighed so in his tale, and changed his colour so often, and had his face so besprent with teares, as it semed his soule attached with superfluous sorrowe, would at that very instant haue abandoned his bodye.

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1

  • A compound of imbecility and baseness, yet an object of commiseration: an unmanly, blubbering, lovesick, querulous creature; a soldier, whining, piping and besprent with tears, destitute of any good quality to gain esteem, or any brilliant trait or interesting circumstance to relieve an actor under the weight of representing him.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810

  • QUOTATION: What gentle ghost, besprent with April dew,

    Quotations

  • Lo! arose of that bridal Dione, rainbow’d and besprent of its dew!

    X. English Literature in Our Universities (I)

  • Christ said, "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar of the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out" -- go out, that is, into incarnation -- into "time, besprent with seven-hued circumstance."

    Four-Dimensional Vistas

  • In deep sleep, consciousness reverts to its pure condition -- the individual self becomes the All-Self: the rainbow, no longer prismatic by reason of its refraction in materiality, becomes the pure white light; the melody of life resolves itself into the primordial harmony; sequence becomes simultaneity, and Time, no longer "besprent with seven-hued circumstance," is swallowed up in duration.

    Four-Dimensional Vistas

  • And he rode a great white mare, whose bases and other housings were black, but all besprent with fair lilys of silver sheen.

    Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women

  • As he sat in the sunshine he glistened all over, like an Ethiop besprent with silver; for his dark limbs and mighty chest had been oiled, and then powdered with antimony.

    To Have and to Hold

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