AskDefine | Define sully

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


1 place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, besmirch]

User Contributed Dictionary




From souiller, from souillier.


  1. to soil or stain; to dirty
    He did not wish to sully his hands with gardening.
  2. to damage or corrupt
    He did not wish to sully his reputation with an ill-mannered comment.


soil, stain; dirty
damage, corrupt

Extensive Definition

Sully can refer to:



Sully is the name or part of the name of several communes in France:


sully in German: Sully
sully in Spanish: Sully
sully in French: Sully
sully in Italian: Sully
sully in Dutch: Sully
sully in Polish: Sully

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