Sully Sul"ly, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sullied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sullying}.] [OE. sulien, AS. sylian, fr. sol mire; akin to G. suhle mire, sich, s["u]hlen to wallow, Sw. s["o]la to bemire, Dan. s["o]le, Goth. bisaulijan to defile.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Statues sullied yet with sacrilegious smoke. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

No spots to sully the brightness of this solemnity. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

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