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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
His miss was an improbability—the kind of result that sullies good process.
The implication was clear: Carrie will be taken down a peg or two — again and again, and professional success was always suspect (a mud puddle ready to sully a princess tutu).
Corporate public-relations consultants in London, where Vedanta’s main holding company is based, have depressingly ample experience in helping commodities firms whose reputations risk being sullied by such police violence.
Winged Foot massacred the field in 1974 — nobody broke par in the first round and 7-over won it — and evil pin placements on two greens sullied the 2001 tournament at Southern Hills.
Mario also believes that the pearl’s reputation has been unfairly sullied.
This is a moment in history that has sullied the reputation of the FBI and the Department of Justice, and deservedly so.
There was sportsmanship throughout, unlike some games in the past 15 years when in-game fighting among players sullied the game’s reputation of raising funds for charities and athletes coming together for a common cause.
Cook also tried to distance Apple from the dark clouds that have sullied that techno-optimism in recent years.
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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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