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sully

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Definition to spoil or cast doubt upon a reputation — especially one that  was previously unblemished

Less commonly, sully can also mean to spoil or make dirty.
  • Atticus's office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
unsullied = clean and undamaged
(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Every man there agreed that the Unsullied were their best troops, but none agreed on how they should be deployed.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Grey Worm was there for the Unsullied, attended by three eunuch serjeants in spiked bronze caps.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Unsullied are brave soldiers .... but not warriors.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • The Unsullied man the walls and towers, ready for any assault.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Formerly those guards had been Unsullied.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Meereen has an army of Unsullied infantry, the finest in the world.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Grey Worm and the Unsullied will close and bar the gates at first light.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • When I was young, the village was tidy, the water pure, and the grass green and unsullied as far as the eye could see.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • It hung on a nail near his bed—unfrayed, unsullied after all those years, with only the permanent bend in the fabric made by its long life on a nail.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • But the Second Sons were just as bad, and the Unsullied were as unlettered as they were incorruptible.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Across the room, Grey Worm wore the plain uniform of the Unsullied, his spiked bronze cap beneath one arm.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • When the last resistance had been crushed by the Unsullied and the sack had run its course, Dany entered her city.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Eight killers swung from the walls, and the Unsullied had filled a bushel basket with bloody hands and soft red worms, but Meereen was calm again.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • The Unsullied will send a corpse cart for him.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • But we need the Unsullied.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Not at first, no. The Yunkai'i were afraid of our queen, of her Unsullied, of her dragons.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Hizdahr's blunder with Grey Worm had cost him the Unsullied.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • The Unsullied had withdrawn to their barracks.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Jhogo, Daario Naharis, Admiral Groleo, and Hero of the Unsullied remained hostages of the Yunkai'i.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsullied means not and reverses the meaning of sullied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)

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