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  Definition of sully
  1. French statesman (1560-1641)
  2. United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)
  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"
  4. 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"
  5. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone''s reputation"
Similar Words: Sully, Duc de Sully, Maxmilien de Bethune, Thomas Sully, defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, besmirch, tarnish, stain, maculate, defile, corrupt, taint, cloud

 

Hyponyms: assassinate, libel, badmouth, malign, traduce, drag through the mud, darken

 

Derivational Morphology: smear, vilification, malignment, defamation, calumny, obloquy, traducement, hatchet job, aspersion, slander, denigration, slur, blot, smirch, spot, stain, defamer, maligner, slanderer, vilifier, libeler, backbiter, traducer, macule, macula, staining, spotting, maculation, mark, stigma, brand, tarnish, cloud

 

 
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