Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
solmire; akin to G.
sühlento wallow, Sw.
sölato bemire, Dan.
söle, Goth. bi
To soil; to dirty; to spot; to tarnish; to stain; to darken; – used literally and figuratively;
sullya sword; to
sullya person’s reputation
sulliedyet with sacrilegious smoke.
No spots to
sullythe brightness of this solemnity.
To become soiled or tarnished.
sullyand canker more than gilding.
Soil; tarnish; stain.
A noble and triumphant merit breaks through little spots and
sulliesin his reputation.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To soil; to dirt; to spot; to tarnish.
And statues sullied yet with sacrilegious smoke.
2.To tarnish; to darken.
Let there be no spots to sully the brightness of this solemnity.
3.To stain; to tarnish; as the purity of reputation; as virtues sullied by slanders; character sullied by infamous vices.
Silvering will sully and canker more than gilding.
A noble and triumphant merit breaks through little spots and sullies on his reputation.