asperse

Definitions of asperse
1

v charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

Synonyms:
besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, slander, smear, smirch, sully
Types:
assassinate
destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation
libel
print slanderous statements against
badmouth, drag through the mud, malign, traduce
speak unfavorably about
Type of:
accuse, charge
blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against

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