Sul·ly v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sullied p. pr. & vb. n. Sullying ] To soil; to dirty; to spot; to tarnish; to stain; to darken; -- used literally and figuratively; as, to sully a sword; to sully a person's reputation.
Statues sullied yet with sacrilegious smoke. --Roscommon.
No spots to sully the brightness of this solemnity. --Atterbury.
adj : especially of reputation; "the senator's seriously damaged
reputation"; "a flyblown reputation"; "a tarnished
reputation"; "inherited a spotted name" [syn: besmirched,
damaged, flyblown, spotted, stained, tainted,