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sully
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition to spoil or cast doubt upon a reputation — especially one that  was previously unblemished
  • Or, once more, the electric thrill would give her warning—"Behold Hester, here is a companion!" and, looking up, she would detect the eyes of a young maiden glancing at the scarlet letter, shyly and aside, and quickly averted, with a faint, chill crimson in her cheeks as if her purity were somewhat sullied by that momentary glance.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (95% in)

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