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Examples of sully in a Sentence
people that sully our state parks with their trash
a once-gleaming marble interior sullied by decades of exposure to cigarette smoke
Recent Examples of sully from the Web
Many thought the patches had no business sullying the front of team uniforms, while others took issue with certain sponsors or colors on their favorite team's jerseys.
Still, Kinser said, there is some risk that Purdue's sterling reputation gets sullied by an association with for-profit education.
This is the latest allegation to sully the legacy of the Rio Games, the first Olympics in South America.
Because though once celebrated, that information would now be an embarrassment to too many, and would be thought to sully the reputation of people otherwise thought to be honorable, and deserving of emulation.
His defenders accused investigators of needlessly sullying Esquith’s reputation with a fishing expedition that was determined to find behavioral blemishes or worse.
An autumn sullied by a massive college basketball scandal could still produce a successful football season.
The night was sullied for both sides by the injury to Hayward.
There will be a glorious beach, fine food and wines in a setting that allows sullied chiefs to circulate among their peers and not skulk around.
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Did You Know?
The spelling of sully has shifted several times since it was sylian in Old-English, but its meaning has remained essentially the same: "to soil." If you're looking for other words that mean "to soil," you can try out befoul, besmirch, blacken, foul, grime, stain, or simply dirty. You might wonder if the English word sullen (meaning "gloomy or morose") is a relative of sully, and the answer is no. Sullen traces back by way of Anglo- and Old French to Latin solus, meaning "alone."
Origin and Etymology of sully
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbefoul, begrime, bemire, besmirch, blacken, daub, distain [archaic], foul, gaum [dialect], grime, mire, muck, muddy, smirch, smudge, soil, stain, dirty
Related Wordscontaminate, defile, pollute, taint; discolor; confuse, disarrange, disarray, dishevel, disorder, draggle, jumble, mess, muddle; colly [chiefly British dialect], crock [dialect]
Near Antonymsdecontaminate, purge, purify; disinfect, sanitize; brush, dry-clean, dust, launder, mop, rinse, scour, scrub, sweep, wash, wipe; brighten, deodorize, freshen, renew, spruce (up); straighten (up), tidy (up)
First Known Use of sully
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