sully for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (sʌli)
Word forms: sullies, sullying, sullied
If something is sulliedby something else, it is damaged so that it is no longer pure or of such high value. [formal] [beV-ed] ⇒ The City's reputation has been sullied by scandals like those at Lloyd's. [V n] ⇒ She claimed they were sullying her good name.
If someone sullies something, they make it dirty. [formal] [V n] ⇒ I felt loath to sully the gleaming brass knocker by handling it.