to soil, stain, or tarnish.
to mar the purity or luster of; defile: to sully a reputation.
to become sullied, soiled, or tarnished.
Obsolete. a stain; soil.
- sul·li·a·ble, adjective
- un·sul·li·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for Sully (2 of 2)
Ma·xi·mi·lien de Bé·thune [mak-see-mee-lyanduhbey-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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How to use sully in a sentence
SPCA International has arranged foster care for sully and Peggy, while efforts continue to reunite them with Weldon and Kurulgan.There's a Travel Ban on Dogs From More Than 100 Countries, and You Can Blame COVID-19 | Melissa Chan | November 10, 2021 | Time
Weldon worries that sully, who he raised from a ball of fur that could barely stand to a healthy dog prancing around his Marine base, might forget him.There's a Travel Ban on Dogs From More Than 100 Countries, and You Can Blame COVID-19 | Melissa Chan | November 10, 2021 | Time
sully told Keaney he “wanted to study something about basketball,” his favorite sport.Kids help elevate E.B. Henderson’s contributions to basketball | Fred Bowen | June 2, 2021 | Washington Post
I begin to observe that it sounds as if sully is in microcosm what Newman himself…but that is as far as I get.
In giving sully a life, he gave the character some of his own life.
sully decides to face the truth of what his negligence has sown.
But he was also showing a gritty and sully city in a beautiful way.
The sully people catalogue a variety of reactions to today's job numbers.It's a 'Could Be Worse' Economy, and We're Living in It | Justin Green | December 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
All day long I sully sheet after sheet of paper and beguile the tedious hours with the half-faded recollections of my childhood.Marguerite | Anatole France
He sent sully over to cement the good understanding of the two States by arguments and gifts to the leading courtiers.Sir Walter Ralegh | William Stebbing
sully was represented at the Philadelphia Academy by one hundred and sixteen pictures.Revolutionary Reader | Sophie Lee Foster
No pains were spared to sully his character, to ruin his fortunes, and to render him an object of public indignation.The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 1/2 | Camden Pelham
There are, nevertheless, three or four female heads, of an ethereal beauty-portraits in the manner of sully.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe | Edgar Allan Poe
British Dictionary definitions for sully (1 of 2)
to stain or tarnish (a reputation, etc) or (of a reputation) to become stained or tarnished
the act of sullying
- sulliable, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Sully (2 of 2)
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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