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Meaning of SULLY

Pronunciation:  'sulee, 'sulee

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
          No spots to sully the brightness of this solemnity.
  2. \Sul"ly\, v. i.
    To become soiled or tarnished.
          Silvering will sully and canker more than gilding.
  3. \Sul"ly\, n.; pl. {Sullies}.
    Soil; tarnish; stain.
          A noble and triumphant merit breaks through little
          spots and sullies in his reputation.     --Spectator.