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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sul·ly /ˈsʌli/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sul·ly, v. i. To become soiled or tarnished.
    Silvering will sully and canker more than gilding.   --Bacon.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sul·ly, n.; pl. Sullies  Soil; tarnish; stain.
    A noble and triumphant merit breaks through little spots and sullies in his reputation.   --Spectator.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: United States painter (born in England) of portraits and
           historical scenes (1783-1872) [syn: Thomas Sully]
      2: French statesman (1560-1641) [syn: Duc de Sully, Maxmilien
         de Bethune]
      v 1: place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's
           reputation" [syn: defile, corrupt, taint, cloud]
      2: make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used
         metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long
         exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after
         the affair with a married man" [syn: tarnish, stain, maculate,
      3: charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good
         name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have
         defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my
         reputation" [syn: defame, slander, smirch, asperse,
          denigrate, calumniate, smear, besmirch]