[ suhl-ee; for 1 also French sy-lee ]
/ ˈsʌl i; for 1 also French süˈli /
Ma·xi·mi·lien de Bé·thune [mak-see-mee-lyan duh bey-tyn] /mak si miˈlyɛ̃ də beɪˈtün/, Duc de,1560–1641, French statesman.
Thomas,1783–1872, U.S. painter, born in England.
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British Dictionary definitions for maximilien sully (1 of 2)
/ (ˈsʌlɪ) /
verb -lies, -lying or -lied
to stain or tarnish (a reputation, etc) or (of a reputation) to become stained or tarnished
noun plural -lies
the act of sullying
Derived Formssulliable, adjective
Word Origin for sully
C16: probably from French souiller to soil
British Dictionary definitions for maximilien sully (2 of 2)
/ (ˈsʌlɪ, French sylli) /
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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Word Origin and History for maximilien sully
1570s (implied in sulliedness), probably from Middle French souiller, from Old French souillier "make dirty" (see soil (v.)). Related: Sullied; sullying.
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