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sully

[ suhl-ee ]
/ 藞s蕦l i /
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verb (used with object), sul路lied, sul路ly路ing.
to soil, stain, or tarnish.
to mar the purity or luster of; defile: to sully a reputation.
verb (used without object), sul路lied, sul路ly路ing.
to become sullied, soiled, or tarnished.
noun, plural sul路lies.
Obsolete. a stain; soil.
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Origin of sully

First recorded in 1585鈥95; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM sully

sul路li路a路ble, adjectiveun路sul路li路a路ble, adjectiveun路sul路lied, adjective

Other definitions for sully (2 of 2)

Sully
[ suhl-ee; for 1 also French sy-lee ]
/ 藞s蕦l i; for 1 also French s眉藞li /

noun
Ma路xi路mi路lien de B茅路thune [mak-see-mee-lyan duh bey-tyn], /mak si mi藞ly蓻虄 d蓹 be瑟藞t眉n/, Duc de, 1560鈥1641, French statesman.
Thomas, 1783鈥1872, U.S. painter, born in England.
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How to use sully in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sully (1 of 2)

sully
/ (藞s蕦l瑟) /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied
to stain or tarnish (a reputation, etc) or (of a reputation) to become stained or tarnished
noun plural -lies
a stain
the act of sullying

Derived forms of sully

sulliable, adjective

Word Origin for sully

C16: probably from French souiller to soil

British Dictionary definitions for sully (2 of 2)

Sully
/ (藞s蕦l瑟, French sylli) /

noun
Maximilien de B茅thune (maksimilj蓻虄 d蓹 betyn), Duc de Sully. 1559鈥1641, French statesman; minister of Henry IV. He helped restore the finances of France after the Wars of Religion
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