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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
Disney has labeled itself an advocate for women before, including touting how its global workforce is comprised of more than 50 percent women, but the critically reviled, already scandalous show could threaten to sully its reputation in a big way.
Several million tons reach oceans every year, sullying beaches and poisoning vast reaches of the northern Pacific.
Most Frustrating Beep: Robert DeNiro took the stage and then let loose with …something that was vehemently beeped out by the producers before sullying the ears of the at-home audience.
Such critics will understandably protest that market principles would sully institutions, such as property rights and elections, that confer dignity on individuals.
That was before all that other stuff about double-murder indictments and death cults started to sully his image.
Among their arguments are claims that they were denied due process during the grand jury’s investigation and that their reputations will be unjustly sullied.
As for King, Cope insinuated that his tenure in government service had been sullied by his taking fees from mining enterprises.
Last year Saudi Arabia sullied itself by detaining the Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, releasing him only under international pressure.
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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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