Sully

Definition of Sully

Sul´ly
v. t.1.To soil; to dirty; to spot; to tarnish; to stain; to darken; - used literally and figuratively; as, to sully a sword; to sully a person's reputation.
[imp. & p. p. Sullied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sullying .]
Statues sullied yet with sacrilegious smoke.
- Roscommon.
No spots to sully the brightness of this solemnity.
- Atterbury.
v. i.1.To become soiled or tarnished.
Silvering will sully and canker more than gilding.
- Bacon.
n.1.Soil; tarnish; stain.

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