Definition of Sully

1. Noun. United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872).

Exact synonyms: Thomas Sully
Generic synonyms: Painter



2. Verb. Place under suspicion or cast doubt upon. "Sully someone's reputation"
Exact synonyms: Cloud, Corrupt, Defile, Taint
Generic synonyms: Deflower, Impair, Mar, Spoil, Vitiate
Derivative terms: Cloud

3. Noun. French statesman (1560-1641).

4. Verb. Make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically. "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
Exact synonyms: Defile, Maculate, Stain, Tarnish
Generic synonyms: Blob, Blot, Fleck, Spot
Specialized synonyms: Darken
Derivative terms: Macula, Maculation, Stain, Stain, Tarnish

5. Verb. Charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone. "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"

Definition of Sully

1. v. t. To soil; to dirty; to spot; to tarnish; to stain; to darken; -- used literally and figuratively; as, to sully a sword; to sully a person's reputation.

2. v. i. To become soiled or tarnished.

3. n. Soil; tarnish; stain.

Definition of Sully

1. Verb. (transitive) to soil or stain; to dirty ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to damage or corrupt ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sully

1. to soil [v -LIED, -LYING, -LIES] - See also: soil

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sully

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sullen
sullener
sullenest
sullenly
sullenness
sullennesses
sulliable
sulliage
sullied
sullies
sulling
sullow
sullows
sulls
sully (current term)
sullying
sulph-
sulpha
sulpha-
sulphacid
sulphacids
sulphadiazine
sulphadimidine
sulphadoxine
sulphamate
sulphamates
sulphamethoxazole
sulphamic acid
sulphamidate

Literary usage of Sully

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States by William Dunlap, Frank William Bayley, Charles Eliot Goodspeed (1918)
"sully. — Continued. IN the autumn of 1808 Mr. sully returned with his family to New York, and again set up his easel. He was improved in theory and practice ..."

2. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"General sully collected the forces under his command from the various poste and stations in his district early in the spring, and commenced to move up the ..."

3. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1916)
"On April 17, 1914, on receipt of the Meredith & Meredith check, the cashier of the Bank of sully drew its draft on its correspondent, the Iowa National Bank ..."

4. The Papacy and the Levant, 1204-1571 by Kenneth Meyer Setton (1976)
"for the embarkation of Hugh le Rousseau de sully, whom he had just appointed captain ... sully was himself directed to go immediately to Brindisi with the ..."

5. The Papacy and the Levant, 1204-1571 by Kenneth Meyer Setton (1976)
"for the embarkation of Hugh le Rousseau de sully, whom he had just appointed captain ... sully was himself directed to go immediately to Brindisi with the ..."

6. A Guide to the Best Fiction in English by William Winter, George Saintsbury, Ernest Albert Baker (1918)
"THE eminent and accomplished French actor Jean Mounet-sully made one visit to America, coming in 1894, and, though his stay was not long and though his ..."

7. Library of the World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1897)
"sully-Prudhomme, younger by twenty years, came by another way. A very tender sensibility was united in him to very serious reflection. ..."

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