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  • adj. defiled or tainted, soiled or stained.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of sully.


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  • I will not have my name sullied by her…her… recreational activities.


  • "You don't want your name sullied or your reputation affected and so you try and bury it."

    U.N. Mum on Probes of Sex-Abuse Allegations

  • I would not for a moment have your name sullied, but should you go, would gossip cease?


  • And Mark's action last night when he refused to speak with her, refused to let her touch his arm, and called himself unworthy was all for her sake; all because he did not want her name sullied with a breath of the scandal that belonged to him.

    The City of Fire

  • She says she has been the subject of criticism for years, and is used to having her name sullied by opponents of the good work done by Wetnose.

    News24 Top Stories

  • Given the elitist nature of the prostitution ring's clientele, it wouldn't be in the least bit surprising to find out that one or more professional athletes (Bobcats or Panthers) could have their name sullied by this latest revelation.


  • In another, taped in October, she tells her boyfriend at the time that she told "Silvio" she wanted five million euros as compensation for having her name sullied, and that the prime minister had agreed: "He called me himself, telling me, 'Ruby, I'll give you as much money as you want ... Top Stories

  • A married woman after dreaming of being in a soldier's camp is in danger of having her husband's name sullied, and divorce courts may be her destination.

    What's in a Dream: A Scientific and Practical Interpretation of Dreams

  • John Higgins had the stain of match-fixing removed yesterday, but it was snooker which found its name sullied by a verdict that will induce widespread incredulity.

    Home | Mail Online

  • I'm more than willing to leave that kind of politics to other candidates, but I'm not willing to allow a good group like NAC to have its name sullied because it fits someone else's political agenda.

    The Brooklyn Paper: Full articles


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  • Sullied is like making something dirty or less esteemed. For example, Jane's reputation for decency was sullied when someone posted pictures of her on Facebook in a wet t-shirt contest.

    September 24, 2009

  • "Working closely with Sexton had been an eyeopening experience--akin to a behind-the-scenes tour of Universal Studios, where one's childlike awe over the movies is sullied by the realization that Hollywood isn't magic after all. Deception Point by Dan Brown, pg. 40

    September 24, 2009