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sully -- as in: sully her reputation
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Jane Eyre
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  • Only one thing, I know: you said you were not as good as you should like to be, and that you regretted your own imperfection; — one thing I can comprehend: you intimated that to have a sullied memory was a perpetual bane.
  • He was dressed now: he still looked pale, but he was no longer gory and sullied.
  • You make me a liar by such language: you sully my honour.
  • "I shall sully the purity of your floor," said he, "but you must excuse me for once."
  • I did wrong: I would have sullied my innocent flower — breathed guilt on its purity: the Omnipotent snatched it from me.
  • That woman, who has so abused your long-suffering, so sullied your name, so outraged your honour, so blighted your youth, is not your wife, nor are you her husband.
  • No." He drew over the picture the sheet of thin paper on which I was accustomed to rest my hand in painting, to prevent the cardboard from being sullied.
  • From a flowery arch at the bottom of my garden I gazed over the sea — bluer than the sky: the old world was beyond; clear prospects opened thus:— " ’Go,’ said Hope, ’and live again in Europe: there it is not known what a sullied name you bear, nor what a filthy burden is bound to you.

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  • And though in near time we did sleep together (with a genuinely pleasing, if sober, conviviality), I came to think of that first interlude with a somewhat sorrowful fondness, for I saw that our days together were perhaps sullied from the very beginning and all the way through, right up to the last.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Maybe I would waste my time on skills I didn’t care about—like sword fighting or badminton—but I would not sully the memory of my once-perfect music and archery.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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