verb (used with object), sul·lied, sul·ly·ing.
verb (used without object), sul·lied, sul·ly·ing.
noun, plural sul·lies.
Origin of sully
Examples from the Web for sullied
Straight couples will see that their own marriages were somehow not sullied after all.
Similarly, clandestine foreign operations have sullied the civilian courts.
This modern autocrat suckles from your own breast and buries you beneath a mountain of sullied nappies.
She had a place in society to maintain, that the flag of her country might not be sullied by barring John from a county office.In the Heart of a Fool|William Allen White
The triumph of the French was sullied by unusual cruelty to their gallant but unfortunate foes.The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 2 of 2)|George Warburton
It is a sign of progress that the suspicion of sullied purity is beginning to be fatal to a public man.The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes|James Quay Howard
During this long period of suspense, no doubt of the tenderness and truth of him she loved had ever sullied Mary's faith.Evenings at Donaldson Manor|Maria J. McIntosh
I was also free from those vices which sullied your character.Dialogues of the Dead|Lord Lyttelton
British Dictionary definitions for sullied (1 of 2)
verb -lies, -lying or -lied
noun plural -lies
Word Origin for sully
British Dictionary definitions for sullied (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for sullied
1570s (implied in sulliedness), probably from Middle French souiller, from Old French souillier "make dirty" (see soil (v.)). Related: Sullied; sullying.