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Definition of "besprent" []

  • Archaic Sprinkled over. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "besprent" in a sentence
  • "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.""
  • "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."
  • "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."