Definitions of Sullying

  1. of Sully
  2. Soiling, tarnishing.

Usage examples for Sullying

  1. For he died also when Greece was as yet undisordered, in its highest felicity; though in the field at the head of his army, not recalled, nor out of his mind, nor sullying the glory of his wars, engagements, and conquests, by making feastings and debauches seem the apparent end and aim of them all; as Plato says scornfully of Orpheus, that he makes an eternal debauch hereafter, the reward of those who lived well here. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  2. After a while Bianca became aware that tongues were a- wag in Venice, sullying her name with foul calumnies. – Terribly Intimate Portraits by Noël Coward
  3. But I think that I have a right to prevent your sullying one with them who is so dear to me, and who is a thousand times too pure to breathe the same air with you. – Four Phases of Love by Paul Heyse
  4. In surrendering to the born Netherlander- the heroic chieftain of the illustrious house of Nassau- these Netherlanders were neither sullying their flag nor injuring their country. – History of the United Netherlands, 1594 by John Lothrop Motley
  5. I was determined not to play any longer as a dupe, but to secure in gambling all the advantages which a prudent young man could obtain without sullying his honour. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  6. Drinking the dregs of a cup such as I had never considered it possible for me to taste, I got so far as to believe that her eyes would yet flash upon me from beneath some of the tattered shawls I saw sullying the forms of the young girls upon which I hourly stumbled. – A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green
  7. A gambler, a profligate, a pirate, he had yet rendered service to the cause of freedom, and his name- sullying the purer and nobler ones of other founders of the commonwealth-" is enrolled in the capitol." – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  8. " Remained faithful to his habit of not sullying his reputation by extravagance," replied the Frieslander, laughing. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. Let them so continue to refrain from sullying their national honor by following the lead of men with whom they have nothing in common. – Irish Race in the Past and the Present by Aug. J. Thebaud
  10. The Virginian's enmity and jealousy, aided by the influence of his brothers, were more successful in sullying the name and fame of Silas Deane. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  11. Cardo winced; was he sullying the pure soul? – By Berwen Banks by Allen Raine
  12. If now, at this moment, that wretched place down in Westmoreland could become his, he might yet ride triumphantly over his difficulties, and refrain from sullying his hands with more of his cousin's money till she should become his wife. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  13. The novelist may be excused from sullying his page with the record of their deeds. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  14. The governor was ordered to look well after his captains and soldiers, to remind them, in the queen's name, of their duty to herself and to the States, to bid all beware of sullying the English name, to make close investigations into any possible intrigues of the garrison with the enemy, and, should any culprits be found, to bring them at once to condign punishment. – History of the United Netherlands, 1594 by John Lothrop Motley
  15. He, remaining as beautiful as when at twenty- one he had inspired the painter with a masterpiece, walks in the ways of men, sullying his soul, whose bodily reflection records neither his age nor his sins. – Oscar Wilde A Critical Study by Arthur Ransome
  16. She must keep herself worthy of him, nothing more, and this toilsome errand would prevent her from sullying herself with an ugly sin. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers