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sully

[suhl-ee] /ˈsʌl i/
verb (used with object), sullied, sullying.
1.
to soil, stain, or tarnish.
2.
to mar the purity or luster of; defile:
to sully a reputation.
verb (used without object), sullied, sullying.
3.
to become sullied, soiled, or tarnished.
noun, plural sullies.
4.
Obsolete. a stain; soil.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; origin uncertain
Related forms
sulliable, adjective
unsulliable, adjective
unsullied, adjective
Synonyms
1. taint, blemish, contaminate. 2. dirty, disgrace, dishonor.
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British Dictionary definitions for sullies

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 sullies

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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