Etymology
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bespatter (v.)

"soil by splashing with dirty liquid," 1640s, from be- + spatter (v.). Related: Bespattered; bespattering.

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asperse (v.)

late 15c., "to besprinkle," from Latin aspersus, past participle of aspergere "besprinkle, bespatter" (see aspersion). The meaning "to bespatter someone's character with rumor and false reports" is from 1610s.

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