Definition for SUL'LY

SUL'LY, v.t. [Fr. souiller; from the root of soil, G. süle.]

  1. To soil; to dirt; to spot; to tarnish. And statues sullied yet with sacrilegious smoke. – Roscommon.
  2. To tarnish; to darken. Let there be no spots to sully the brightens of this solemnity. – Atterbury.
  3. To stain; to tarnish; as, the purity of reputation; as, virtues sullied by slanders; character sullied by infamous vices.

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