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sully

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsullysul‧ly /ˈsʌli/ verb (sullied, sullying, sullies) [transitive] formal or literary  SPOILto spoil or reduce the value of something that was perfect a scandal that sullied his reputation→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
sullyThey stood for progress, a notion already being sullied by contempt for the military-industrial complex.Is it too pure to be sullied by the messiness of domestic life?And when his human dignity was gone, his innocence sullied, he felt something sharp plunge into his chest.And I must take care not to sully it, is that it?Instead, the general manager has sullied the whole outfit.Oil spills have sullied thousands of acres.
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Verb table
sully
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theysully
he, she, itsullies
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysullied
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave sullied
he, she, ithas sullied
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad sullied
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill sully
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have sullied
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam sullying
he, she, itis sullying
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you, we, theyare sullying
Past
I, he, she, itwas sullying
you, we, theywere sullying
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been sullying
he, she, ithas been sullying
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been sullying
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be sullying
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been sullying
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