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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
Corrections in the stock market, especially for tech sector, have also yet to sully Trump, who's been a vocal critic of Amazon and its impact on old-line retailers and its relationship with the post office.
The allegations, whether ultimately proven or dismissed, have sullied his reputation.
And, given that firing Mueller would be a massive political gamble, the attempt to sully Mueller may be Trump's best (only?) real recourse here.
His family’s name had recently been sullied by his own father’s misdeeds and subsequent time in prison.
Opponents — called Antis — were vocal about their fear that women would be sullied by engaging in the man's world of dirty politics; there were even women among their ranks.
Host Jimmy Kimmel ribbed the mogul and others sullied by harassment scandals in his opening monologue, and the ceremony was peppered with additional commentary on Time’s Up, diversity and more.
Christian Dorsey, an Arlington County supervisor, said his visits to the park will be sullied by the knowledge that the land has been reduced to a political talking point.
At least until early in the 2017 season, when a 3-1 start (sullied only by a last-second loss to the Falcons, the defending NFC champs) stirred up fans' imagination and the Lions' swagger.
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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."
SULLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sully for English Language Learners
: to damage or ruin the good quality of (something)
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