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Sully (verb)

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To Súlly. v.a. [souiller, French.] To soil; to tarnish; to dirt; to spot.

Silvering will sully and canker more than gilding. Bacon.

The falling temples which the gods provoke,
And statues sully'd yet with sacrilegious smoke.
Roscommon.

He's dead, whose love had sully'd all your reign,
And made you empress of the world in vain.
Dryden.

Lab'ring years shall weep their destin'd race,
Charg'd with ill omens, sully'd with disgrace.
Prior.

Let there be no spots to sully the brightness of this solemnity. Atterbury's Sermons.

Ye walkers too, that youthful colours wear,
Three sullying trades avoid with equal care;
The little chimney-sweeper skulks along,
And marks with sooty stains the heedless throng.
Gay.

Sources: Atterbury, Francis (75) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Dillon, Wentworth (Roscommon) (31) · Dryden, John (788) · Gay, John (51) · Prior, Matthew (162)

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