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Sul·ly(sŭl′ē, so͞o-lē′, sü-), Duc de Title of Maximilien de Béthune. 1560-1641.
French politician. As chief minister to Henry IV, he replenished the treasury and encouraged agriculture and industry.
tr.v. sul·lied, sul·ly·ing, sul·lies
1. To mar the cleanness or luster of; soil or stain.
2. To defile; taint: sully a reputation.
n. pl. sul·lies Archaic
Something that stains or spots.
[Probably from French souiller, from Old French; see soil2.]
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vb, -lies, -lying or -lied
to stain or tarnish (a reputation, etc) or (of a reputation) to become stained or tarnished
n, pl -lies
1. a stain
2. the act of sullying
[C16: probably from French souiller to soil]
Sully(ˈsʌlɪ; French sylli)
(Biography) Maximilien de Béthune (maksimiljɛ̃ də betyn), Duc de Sully. 1559–1641, French statesman; minister of Henry IV. He helped restore the finances of France after the Wars of Religion
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v. -lied, -ly•ing, v.t.
1. to soil, stain, or tarnish.
2. to mar the purity or luster of; defile: to sully a reputation.v.i.
3. to become sullied, soiled, or tarnished.n.
4. Obs. a stain; soil.
[1585–95; orig. uncertain]
Sul•ly(ˈsʌl i; for 1 also Fr. süˈli)
1. Maximilien de Béthune, Duc de, 1560–1641, French statesman.
2. Thomas, 1783–1872, U.S. painter, born in England.
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Past participle: sullied
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|Noun||1.||Sully - United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)|
|2.||Sully - French statesman (1560-1641)|
|Verb||1.||sully - place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"|
|2.||sully - make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; 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"|
darken - tarnish or stain; "a scandal that darkened the family's good name"
|3.||sully - 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"|
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
assassinate - destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; "He assassinated his enemy's character"
libel - print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"
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1. To make dirty:
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