Definitions of sullied

  1. Tarnished; stained.

Usage examples for sullied

  1. We turned and swung down the slope between the last sullied cornfields towards Basford, where the swollen gasometers stood like toadstools. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  2. I am old before my time, my hair is blanched, my frame is bowed, my wealth is gone, my name is sullied. – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. The nursing and burying of Pere Goriot are his last acts of charity accorded to the claims of his higher nature, and even these are sullied by his relations with one of Goriot's daughters. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  4. This was his hope; but in the meantime there was a languid battle with insomnia and inordinate time that he, from his " exalted tomb," disdainfully sullied. – An Apostate: Nawin of Thais by Steven Sills
  5. The flaw in the diamond, the alloy in the gold, the stain in the purple, the blot upon the ermine- all these are detected upon the instant; the value of the jewel is decreased, the price of the metal is deteriorated, the glory of the hue is tarnished, the purity of the mantle is sullied; and where minor imperfections may pass unperceived, a mighty social lens is for ever bearing upon the great. – The Life of Marie de Medicis, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Julia Pardoe
  6. She thought only that from an idle whim, from self- indulgence, she had sullied herself all over from head to foot in something filthy, sticky, which one could never wash off.... – The Wife and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  7. 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 by Grace Livingston Hill
  8. Surely that was a great moment when the wistful gaze of eyes which disease had dimmed, met the eyes which were as a flame of fire, and knew that all its sullied past was at once comprehended and forgiven. – The Gospel According to St. Mark by G. A. Chadwick
  9. The Judge Torralba also deposed that he had heard it said that Don Diego had been arrested by the Inquisition of Valencia for having concealed a Moresco from an alguazil; he added that it was not surprising that Don Diego was an enemy to the holy office, because though the blood of his ancestors had not been sullied by that of the Jews, his children had not that advantage, since his wife, the Baroness d'Alcaraz, was of Jewish origin. – The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII. by Juan Antonio Llorente
  10. Tallien, whom the tyrant most feared, and who alone could give head and substance and direction to so many contradictory passions, was too sullied by the memory of his own cruelties not to feel embarrassed by his position as the champion of mercy. – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  11. I wished to be blind to her defects, to the stains and smutches with which her surroundings must have sullied her. – The Deluge by David Graham Phillips
  12. It was to her as the reading of a prophecy- that his pure love for her was to become torn and sullied, and that, for her sake, he was to suffer bitter anguish, till, like that flower, his love should wither away. – By Birth a Lady by George Manville Fenn
  13. My health suffered, before my heart was entirely estranged by the loathsome information; could I then have returned to his sullied arms, but as a victim to the prejudices of mankind, who have made women the property of their husbands? – Maria The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  14. Nothing save the music of your flute can make whole that which has been broken, and pure that which has been sullied. – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore