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Meaning of SULLY

Pronunciation:  'sulee, 'sulee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  French statesman (1560-1641)
  2. [n]  United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)
  3. [v]  charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
  4. [v]  make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air, of metals; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
  5. [v]  place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
 

SULLY is a 5 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: asperse, besmirch, calumniate, cloud, corrupt, defame, defile, denigrate, Duc de Sully, maculate, Maxmilien de Bethune, slander, smear, smirch, taint, tarnish, Thomas Sully
 
 See Also: accuse, assassinate, badmouth, blob, blot, charge, darken, deflower, drag through the mud, fleck, impair, libel, malign, mar, national leader, painter, solon, spoil, spot, statesman, traduce, vitiate

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Sul"ly\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sullied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Sullying}.] [OE. sulien, AS. sylian, fr. sol mire; akin to
    G. suhle mire, sich, s["u]hlen to wallow, Sw. s["o]la to
    bemire, Dan. s["o]le, Goth. bisaulijan to defile.]
    To soil; to dirty; to spot; to tarnish; to stain; to darken;
    -- used literally and figuratively; as, to sully a sword; to
    sully a person's reputation.
    
          Statues sullied yet with sacrilegious smoke.
                                                   --Roscommon.
    
          No spots to sully the brightness of this solemnity.
                                                   --Atterbury.
    
    
  2. \Sul"ly\, v. i.
    To become soiled or tarnished.
    
          Silvering will sully and canker more than gilding.
                                                   --Bacon.
    
    
  3. \Sul"ly\, n.; pl. {Sullies}.
    Soil; tarnish; stain.
    
          A noble and triumphant merit breaks through little
          spots and sullies in his reputation.     --Spectator.
    
    
 

 

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