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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
  • ...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)
sullied = dirtied
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