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Definition of 'sully'


  1. United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)
       Synonyms: Thomas Sully
  2. French statesman (1560-1641)
       Synonyms: Duc de Sully Maxmilien de Bethune


  1. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
       Synonyms: defile corrupt taint cloud
  2. 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"
       Synonyms: tarnish stain maculate defile
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: defame slander smirch asperse denigrate calumniate smear besmirch

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