sully
Pronunciation Verb

sully (sullies, present participle sullying; past and past participle sullied)

  1. (transitive) To soil#Verb|soil or stain#Verb|stain; to dirty#Verb|dirty.
    Synonyms: sowl
    He did not wish to sully his hands with gardening.
    • 1826, [James Fenimore Cooper], chapter I, in The Last of the Mohicans; a Narrative of 1757. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, Philadelphia, Pa.: H[enry] C[harles] Carey & I[saac] Lea, Chestnut-Street, OCLC 1538219 ↗, page 10 ↗:
      His nether garment was of yellow nankeen, closely fitted to the shape, and tied at his bunches of knees by large knots of white ribbon, a good deal sullied by use.
  2. (transitive) To corrupt#Verb|corrupt or damage#Verb|damage.
    She tried to sully her rival’s reputation with a suggestive comment.
  3. (intransitive) To become soiled#Adjective|soiled or tarnished#Adjective|tarnished.
Translations Translations Noun

sully (plural sullies)

  1. (rare, obsolete) A blemish#Noun|blemish.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: […] (Second Quarto), London: Printed by I[ames] R[oberts] for N[icholas] L[ing] […], published 1604, OCLC 760858814 ↗, [Act II, scene i] ↗:
      You laying these ſlight ſallies on my ſonne, / As t'were a thing a little ſoyld with working, {{...}
    • After all, it must be confessed, that a noble and triumphant merit often breaks through and dissipates these little spots and sullies in its reputation; but if, by a mistaken pursuit after fame, or through human infirmity any false step be made in the more momentous concerns of life, the whole scheme of ambitious designs is broken and disappointed.

Sully
Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. Diminutive of Sullivan#English|Sullivan
  3. A coastal village in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (OS grid ref ST1568).



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