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, suhlen to wallow, Sw. sola to bemire, Dan. sole, 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.

Statues sullied yet with sacrilegious smoke. Roscommon.

No spots to sully the brightness of this solemnity. Atterbury.


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Sul"ly, v. i.

To become soiled or tarnished.

Silvering will sully and canker more than gilding. Bacon.


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Sul"ly, n.; pl. Sullies ().

Soil; tarnish; stain.

A noble and triumphant merit breaks through little spots and sullies in his reputation. Spectator.


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