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Sully

[suhl-ee; for 1 also French sy-lee] /ˈsʌl i; for 1 also French süˈli/
noun
1.
Maximilien de Béthune
[mak-see-mee-lyan duh bey-tyn] /mak si miˈlyɛ̃ də beɪˈtün/ (Show IPA),
Duc de, 1560–1641, French statesman.
2.
Thomas, 1783–1872, U.S. painter, born in England.
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British Dictionary definitions for m. de b. sully

sully

/ˈsʌlɪ/
verb -lies, -lying, -lied
1.
to stain or tarnish (a reputation, etc) or (of a reputation) to become stained or tarnished
noun (pl) -lies
2.
a stain
3.
the act of sullying
Derived Forms
sulliable, adjective
Word Origin
C16: probably from French souiller to soil

Sully

/ˈsʌlɪ; French sylli/
noun
1.
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 m. de b. sully

sully

v.

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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