maximilien de bethune, duc de


[suhl-ee; for 1 also French sy-lee]
Maximilien de Béthune [mak-see-mee-lyan duh bey-tyn] , Duc de, 1560–1641, French statesman.
Thomas, 1783–1872, U.S. painter, born in England. Unabridged
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sully (ˈsʌlɪ)
vb , -lies, -lying, -lied
1.  to stain or tarnish (a reputation, etc) or (of a reputation) to become stained or tarnished
n , -lies, -lying, -lied, -lies
2.  a stain
3.  the act of sullying
[C16: probably from French souiller to soil]

Sully (ˈsʌlɪ, French sylli)
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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1571 (implied in sulliedness), probably from M.Fr. souiller, from O.Fr. souillier "make dirty" (see soil (v.)).
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