During my critique group session last night, a comment was made as to whether I used the word Sullied properly. For today, I'll brush up on this to make sure that I know the correct context.
Sully is a way to describe something dirty, stained, defiled, or tarnished. Someone can Sully their reputation. A farmer could Sully his clothes after a hard day's work. In a way, it can mean something dirty or something damaged. This is how I used the word in this sentence:
He changed out of his sullied clothes and washed up for supper.
Whew. I think this will still work after all!