Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun In the Roman Catholic Church and some other churches, the ceremony of sprinkling the altar, clergy, and congregation with holy water.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the Roman Catholic Church: An antiphon, taken from the Miserere, intoned by the celebrant and sung by the choir before the solemn mass on Sundays, during which the priest sprinkles with holy water the altar, clergy, and people. With some modifications, the same rite is practised in the Greek and Oriental churches.
  • noun The sprinkling performed by the priest during the antiphon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The service or ceremony of sprinkling with holy water.
  • noun The brush or instrument used in sprinkling holy water; an aspergill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A Christian rite in which the congregation is sprinkled with water.
  • noun The brush or instrument used in sprinkling holy water; an aspergill.
  • noun Common misspelling of Asperger's., a shortening of Asperger Syndrome

Etymologies

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

[From Latin aspergēs (mē), you will sprinkle (me), the first words of the rite, second person sing. future tense of aspergere, to sprinkle; see asperse.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin aspergō ("to sprinkle").

Examples

  • Beneath his asperges of fun-loving, and the irreverently glib playing of the fool, underneath the layers of over-eager passion and child-like innocence beat the heart of a calculating figure, but only when the situation appeared hopeless.

    Excerpt from Crackle

  • In Eastertide (and only during Eastertide), the Vidi Aquam ("I saw water") chant replaces the Asperges Me ("Sprinkle me") during the asperges, the traditional rite at the start of the mass when the priest splashes the congregation with holy water.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • There was even grafitti about the veggie; on the library door of the college that I attended, someone had written in marker, "Quand j'etais jeune, je n'aimais pas les asperges" When I was young, I didn't like asparagus.

    True Swiss

  • There was even grafitti about the veggie; on the library door of the college that I attended, someone had written in marker, "Quand j'etais jeune, je n'aimais pas les asperges" When I was young, I didn't like asparagus.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • Have the asparagus foam thingy asperges... or the aubergine mille feuille!

    How do you get a table at L'atelier?

  • Happy Birthday Fanny, ta tarte aux asperges et au chèvre est sublime ….

    foodbeam » Bon Anniversaire – Tarte fine aux Asperges et aux Meilleur Chèvre Frais du Monde

  • There was an autistic boy there today and he had asperges syndrome and adhd.

    abutterfly Diary Entry

  • No asperges, no waft of incense; couple of altar boys chirping alleluias, then the oddest of sermons.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • No asperges, no waft of incense; couple of altar boys chirping alleluias, then the oddest of sermons.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Antkowa bowed down to his feet, wiping tears of rage from her eyes, and after she had poured the holy water into a chipped basin and put the asperges-brush beside it, she went out into the passage, where a few people who had come with the priest were waiting already.

    Selected Polish Tales

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