from The Century Dictionary.

  • In heraldry, same as semé.

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

  • adjective (Her.) Having an indefinite number of small charges scattered or strewed over the surface.
  • adjective Bespattered; slandered; calumniated.

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

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of asperse.
  • adjective heraldry Having an indefinite number of small charges scattered over the surface.


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  • The poor inventor's only legacy to his surviving relative was the common property of almost all inventors like himself -- wasted youth, a persecuted life, a name aspersed, toil, watchings, and the oblivion of his contemporaries.

    Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8 A series of pen and pencil sketches of the lives of more than 200 of the most prominent personages in History

  • She would hear his crime condemned, and her lips would not open; she would hear his name aspersed, and her voice would not be raised; she would know that he dwelt in misery, or died under foreign suns unhonored and unmourned, while tongues around her would babble of his disgrace -- and she would keep her peace.

    Under Two Flags

  • I rose and was about to clap my hat upon my head and burst away, in wrathful indignation from the house; but recollecting — just in time to save my dignity — the folly of such a proceeding, and how it would only give my fair tormentors a merry laugh at my expense, for the sake of one I acknowledged in my own heart to be unworthy of the slightest sacrifice — though the ghost of my former reverence and love so hung about me still, that I could not bear to hear her name aspersed by others — I merely walked to the window, and having spent a few seconds in vengibly biting my lips and sternly repressing the passionate heavings of my chest, I observed to Miss

    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

  • If any one had taxed him with the vice, he would have indignantly repelled the accusation, and conceived himself unworthily aspersed.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

  • And what is the space of time to look backward upon, between an early departure and the longest survivance! — and what the consolation attending the sweet hope of meeting again, never more to be separated, never more to be pained, grieved, or aspersed; — but mutually blessing, and being blessed, to all eternity!

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • And that my principal fault has been carelessness of my character, and too little solicitude to clear myself, when aspersed?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • By this time the Westphalian recovered the use of his tongue, and with many threats and imprecations, desired they would take notice how falsely he had been aspersed, and do him justice in espousing his claim to the damsel in question.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • Monimia; and she described the cunning hints and false insinuations by which that traitor had aspersed the unsuspecting lover, and soiled his character in the opinion of the virtuous orphan.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • This avowal was made upon oath, and Schedoni, by the questions he put to him, was careful it should be so full and circumstantial that even the most prejudiced hearer must have been convinced of its truth; while the most unfeeling must have yielded for once to indignation against the asperser, and pity of the aspersed.

    The Italian

  • A soldier by choice, not accident, he saw his soldiering imperilled, his name as an officer, and even as a gentleman, aspersed, and no way of hitting back at those who had aspersed it.

    Maid in Waiting


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